Hardy Alstroemeria

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 08 May 2008 04:54:50 PDT
Luc wrote,
"Alstroemeria patagonica replaces A. aurea to the south. It is the most 
austral of all members of the genus."

That is a misleading statement because A. patagonica is extremely different 
from A. aurea and indeed any other species (it was once placed in a 
monotypic genus, Schickendantzia). It requires rather specialized 
treatment; in particular, it resents disturbance extremely.

he wrote:

>Among the populations of A. ligtu, its ssp. incarnata occurs at the higher 
>elevation (up to 2000m) in the Central Cordillera (Region O'Higgins and 
>Maule) and should be considered.

I grow this subspecies from seed I collected in said area and find it quite 
hardy and floriferous in my rather cold, very wet garden, though on a high 
berm of sand and gravel.

>Other species from the Central cordillera includes A. exerens, A. 
>pseudospathulata, A. umbellata, A. versicolor, A. andina, A. pallida and 
>A. spathulata...

I grow these in the bulb frame as I feel they might be very 
moisture-sensitive in winter, though some (e.g., A. exserens, note 
spelling) are high-elevation dwellers.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

More information about the pbs mailing list