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ALSTROEMERIA aurea 'Orange King'

Image of Alstroemeria aurea 'Orange King'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

ALSTROEMERIA aurea 'Orange King'

Plant Common Name

Lily-of-the-Incas, Orange King Peruvian-lily, Peruvian-lily

General Description

Originating from the montane regions of Chile and Argentina, 'Orange King' Peruvian lily is an herbaceous perennial that spreads by rhizomatous tubers. It has upright stems lined with waxy, slightly wavy, lance-shaped leaves of green to gray-green. From mid to late summer many clusters of large, deep orange, lily-like flowers appear. These have delicate brown spots along their throats and are attractive to hummingbirds. After blooming foliage will die back.

Peruvian lily grows best in areas where summers are cool and moist. It thrives in full to part sun and rich soil that is well drained. Its flowers look beautiful in mixed perennial borders and are great for cutting. Established plants require division every two to three years.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Argentina, Chile

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Brown

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes