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Alstroemeria longistaminea  

This is a close look at the beautiful Alstroemeria longistaminea from the forests of Brazil.  It's quite different from the common Alstroemeria seen in floral arrangements.  Its unusual blooms have a delectable color combination of bubblegum pink and apple green.  It flowers profusely for several months, providing a wonderful splash of color indoors or out.  The plant is quite rare - I don't know anyone currently offering it!

Alstroemeria longistaminea

The plant typically grows throughout the summer, then goes dormant for about half the year, but indoors it can have a shorter dormancy.  Its tubers send up attractive shoots about 2 feet tall, along with flower stems that are about 1 to 2 feet tall.  Each stem usually has about 8 to 14 blooms.   The nodding, tear-drop shape of the blooms helps keeps them dry during Brazil's rainy season.  The stems make great cut flowers for arrangements!  This is a true species, not a cultivated hybrid.

Alstroemeria longistaminea

It comes from a warm climate in Brazil, and while it can tolerate cool conditions, it seems to be happiest above 60 degrees F (15C).  In the right conditions, it is easy to grow and quite vigorous.  Since it grows in forests, it doesn't need lots of sun, just bright light.  It might need some protection from strong afternoon sun.  It grows fine in a pot in well-draining soil that's kept evenly moist while actively growing.  When the tubers go dormant, keep the soil slightly moist (not wet, not fully dry).

Alstroemeria longistaminea

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