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Shedding of leaves at the
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A swollen underground stem, crown or root
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Alstroemeria psittacina

Flower head
Family Alstroemeriaceae
Name Alstroemeria psittacina
Common Names New Zealand Christmas bell, parrotlily, parrot flower, red parrot beak, lily of the Incas
Featured Plant August 2005
Etymology
Alstroemeria Named by Linnaeus after Baron Klas von Alstroemer, 18th century Swedish botanist.
psittacina From Latin psittacus meaning parrot.

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers, Culture / Germination

This species Alstroemeria is a hardy deciduous perennial that survives as underground tubers in the Winter. In the Spring, little umbrella shapped leaf heads appear above the ground, followed by tall flower stems in the Summer.

Like most alstroemerias, the long-lasting flowers are great for cutting, having long straight stems. The red flowers have green tips and dark brown markings. Appropriately named, New Zealand Christmas bell, the flowers open during Christmas.

Although quite popular in older gardens in New Zealand, it is now relatively hard to obtain, as garden centres tend to only stock hybrid alstromerias.

Warning This plant can be slightly invasive.



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