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Flowers 101: Alstroemeria

I love the gracefully awkward name of the alstroemeria flower, which is named after a Swedish baron named Clas Alströmer. This variety is one of my favorites to decorate with because of its long vase life. Buy a bunch when the buds are closed, and the blooms stay looking lovely for weeks. For that reason, you'll often see the sturdy flower adorning the tables of restaurants.

Sometimes called the Peruvian lily, the alstroemeria comes in a wide spectrum of mostly autumnal colors, including mauve, burnt orange, pink, and dusty yellow. The petals are often two-toned with flecks of color toward the center. The long stems are lined with slender, almost cornstalk-like leaves, so that a bunch of alstroemerias in a vase have a very full look. That, along with the long life and the affordable price, make alstroemerias a great choice for everyday decorating.

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tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Honestly, I love, love these. They last for days and come in so many beautiful and different colors.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 9 years
These are my favorite and the atypical name allows my husband to remember them!!! Thanks for giving these flowers their day!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
those are such pretty, simple flowers!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
well whatever the proper name is, they`re stunning. perfect for a wedding bouquet.
bejeweled1 bejeweled1 9 years
these have always been my favourite !!
Daisie Daisie 9 years
I am not a fan of these. I often find them as filler in arrangements and am never pleased with them.
Marci Marci 9 years
I love these flowers and all the different colors they come in. And if you trim the stems everyday and change the water, they'll last for 10 days in a vase. JaimeLeah, these flowers come in beautiful shades of pinks and purpes as well. You should check them out.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
As a rule I don't like orange or yellow flowers all that much. I prefer reds,pinks, and purples.
sgdish sgdish 9 years
Yes, beautiful!
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
They are very beautiful
MamaD MamaD 9 years
These do last a long time!!! They're so beautiful! I have them in my home alot!!
Mokona Mokona 9 years
These are one of my favorite flowers too. They do last a long time, and such a variety of gorgeous colors.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I like those flowers too! My mom grows them in her backyard!
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