• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Dense, mounding habit, to 9 to 12 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Compact and Colorful
    Spring to Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:al-stre-MEE-ree-uh
    Plant type:Perennial
    Growth habit:Compact, Mounding
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Dense, mounding habit, to 9 to 12 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Spring to Fall
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Tropical
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasPlant in classical urns or terra cotta pots. Gang them in window boxes and trough planters. Equally happy in the garden where its versatility fits a variety of garden styles. Takes on a traditional cottage garden character when integrated into perennial borders. A valuable source of flower color in tropical gardens too heavy on foliage plants. Spot into foundation plantings at high traffic areas to appreciate the stellar flowers. A perfect cutting garden candidate.
    Companion PlantsRed Hot Poker (Kniphofia); Montbretia (Crocosmia); Yarrow (Achillea); Society Garlic (Tulbaghia); Aster (Aster)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows well in enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Remove spent blooms promptly to encourage continuous bloom. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    Colorita® is an introduction from the breeding programs of Royal Van Zanten in the Netherlands. The series features large buds that unfold into brightly colored flowers with bold markings. Theses exceptional bloomers perform all summer long in most regions.
    Peruvian lilies are native to the rich soils of the mountain regions of South America, in Chile and Brazil. The introduction of the alstroemeria to Europe has been credited to 18th century botanist, Claus von Alstroemer of Sweden, hence the botanical name. Alstroemeria make excellent cut flowers, and are symbolic of friendship and devotion--making them ideal for wedding bouquets.


Design School: Working with Orange
Orange is one of those high risk, high rewards colors to bring into the garden. We gardeners tend to have strong feelings about this often polarizing color. Reactions can range...
More Blog Posts >