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Alstroemeria haemantha - Ruiz.&Pav.

Common Name Purple-spot parrot-lily
Family Amaryllidaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards Some people are sensitive to this plant and skin contact with the sap can cause them to get dermatitis[65].
Habitats Well-drained rocky hillsides[187].
Range S. America - Chile
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Weed Potential No
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Alstroemeria haemantha Purple-spot parrot-lily


Alstroemeria haemantha Purple-spot parrot-lily

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Alstroemeria haemantha is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

A. simsii

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[46, 105, 177]. A source of starch[2, 61]. It is very nutritious but has a rather bland flavour[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant[42], it requires a fertile, moisture retentive well-drained soil and a warm situation in sun or semi-shade[200]. Prefers a dry sheltered border and a peaty loam[1, 111]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[233]. Hardy to between -10 and -15°c. The roots should be planted 15 - 20cm deep in late summer to autumn and then be well mulched to protect them from severe winter weather. This species is closely related to A. ligtu[233]. A somewhat invasive plant, spreading by means of fleshy roots to form large patches[187]. Somewhat intolerant of root disturbance[1], the roots are fleshy and brittle[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in individual pots in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe although seedlings can be transplanted successfully if they are moved with care whilst small. Pre-soak stored seed for 12 hrs in warm water, warm stratify for 4 weeks at 25°c and then reduce the temperature to 10°c. Excising a small bit of the seed near the embryo after the seed has been warm stratified helps to speed up the germination process[164]. Plant out about 20cm deep into their permanent positions in late summer or autumn[200]. Division in April or October with care since the plant resents root disturbance[133]. Ensure each portion has a growth bud[111].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Alstroemeria ligtuAlstroemeria, St. Martin's FlowerPerennial0.6 8-10 MLMSNDM301
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Alstroemeria revoluta Perennial0.6 -  LMSNM20 
Alstroemeria spectabilis Perennial0.0 -  LMSNM20 
Alstroemeria versicolor Perennial0.3 8-11  LMSNM20 
Bomarea acutifoliaYatziPerennial Climber0.0 8-11  LMNM20 
Bomarea edulis Perennial Climber3.0 7-10  LMSNM30 
Bomarea salsilla Perennial Climber2.0 8-11  LMNM20 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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