Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae
The alstroemeria was named by the famous botanist, Carl Linnaeus, after one of his pupils, Baron Clas Alströmer, who sent him the seeds in 1753. John Goemans, an Englishman of Dutch heritage, is known as ‘the father of alstroemeria’, as he was the first to start breeding new varieties back in 1948.
Alstroemeria as a Cut Flower
Alstroemeria – or alstro as it is known at the Flower Market – is an incredibly long-lasting cut flower with a vase life of two weeks or even more. It has no scent and just simply sword-like green foliage – all the glamour is in the flowerheads