Some Alstroemeria species can be a little frost tender, but this can be managed by insulating the roots with mulch. However, most are easily grown in any sunny position with moderately fertile well-drained soil that can be kept moist during the flowering season.
Care should be exercised when handling cut stems, as the sap can cause skin irritations.
The genus was named by Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) to honor his close friend, Claus von Alstroemer, a Swedish baron.
This Japanese dwarf selection has variegated foliage, grayish green with irregular white edges, on stems to 30-45cm tall that form slowly widening clumps. Best in sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least -10 deg C with mulch.
Alstroemeria psittacina is regarded as an environmental weed in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. we have found that this variegated form is no takeover merchant.
Generally available from specialist mail order nurseries. Small numbers available from our nursery from September.