Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Alstroemeria brasiliensis, Parrot Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria brasiliensis 'Variegatus'
The variegated form of the Parrot Lily, so called because the flowers are rosy-crimson and green,is less invasive than the plain green form which should only be planted with caution. The creamy grey leaves of this one remind me of Hosta sieboldiana the plantain lily from Japan which has larger but similarly marked leaves.Whereas Hostas due best in a cool temperate climate this bulb is hardier over a range of climates.It is indispensable as a ground cover in deep dry shade and is a good contrast with dark leaved strappy plants like Clivia lilies.
2017 update I no longer have a plant of it but it occasionally makes an appearance at plant fairs. 

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