Peruvian lily

Alstroemeria 'Casablanca'

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria 'Casablanca')
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Genus:  Alstroemeria
'Casablanca' Peruvian lily is the closest to white that this genus has gotten as of yet. Inside its amaryllis-shaped white flowers, reddish dashes on a yellow wash and a pale pink throat add interest. 'Casablanca' is also taller than most other Alstroemerias. They make great cut flowers and are frequently used by florists; they also add a tropical feel to beds and borders. Roots are very brittle and care should be taken when planting.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  White, funnel-shaped flowers with red, yellow, and pink markings. Excellent cut flower.
Care:  Carefully plant tubers 8 inches deep in late summer or early autumn. Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Protect from intense sun and extreme winters. Mulch for the first two years. If not reliably hardy, protect with a dry mulch in winter and grow in a warm location.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Don't separate the seedlings in the pots, instead plant out the potful to avoid tuber damage. Divide established clumps in fall or very early in the spring.
Problems:  Gray mold, viruses, spider mites, slugs.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Red Flower,
White Flower,
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Indoor Plant
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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