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Image of Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima

V Region, Cuesta Las Chilcas (Cerca de Llay-llay), Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 10 26, 2007

 

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Species:  Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima Phil.
Family:  Alstroemeriaceae Identification OK, but we will check it just in case. Certainty 99 %.   
Order:  Liliales
Chilean Name: 
English Name:  Inca Lily
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0858
About 58 Alstroemeria in Chile and 39 in our data base.
About 63 Alstroemeriaceae in Chile and 41 in our data base.

 

1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.   Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.     Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Low altitude, interior valleys
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Red, 6 petals   White, 6 petals      Perennial     

Endemic    Very Frequent

Height: 1.2 m.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

This is a very robust and big Alstoemeria. It may have white or purple flowers and may reach 120 cm. It grows in areas where there are no freezing temperatures, on poor soils.

Image of Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima

V Region, Cuesta Las Chilcas (Cerca de Llay-llay), Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 10 26, 2007

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Perennial

Flower: Red, 6 petals
White, 6 petals

Height: 1.2 m.

 

Image of Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima

V Region, Cuesta Las Chilcas (Cerca de Llay-llay), Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 10 26, 2007

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.
Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.
Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.

 

Image of Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima

V Region, Cuesta Las Chilcas (Cerca de Llay-llay), Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 10 26, 2007

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

 

 

 

Image of Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima

V Region, Cuesta Las Chilcas (Cerca de Llay-llay), Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 10 26, 2007

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 9. The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The easiest form to germinate this species is to plant it in autumn and expose the seeds to natural temperature fluctuations. If you decide to do it "scientifically," soak the seeds for a day or so in water, then put them into wet sand and put them into refrigerator at about +2 +5º C for about 30 days. Allow the seeds to breathe (ventilate from time to time) and check the humidity of the sand (it tends to dry out quickly, so adding moisture every three-four days is a must). Then take them out and plant at room temperatures. If not all seeds or few seeds germinate, repeat the cold step once more. This plant needs good drainage and relatively poor soil.

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More species from the same Alstroemeriaceae family in our data base:

Alstroemeria andina

Alstroemeria angustifolia

Alstroemeria aurea (Alstromeria dorada / Amancay / Liuto / Rayen-cachu)

Alstroemeria aurea

Alstroemeria crispata

Alstroemeria diluta ssp. chrysantha

Alstroemeria diluta ssp. chrysantha (01-12-2008)

Alstroemeria diluta ssp. chrysantha

Alstroemeria exerens (Alstroemeria)

Alstroemeria graminea

Alstroemeria hookeri ssp. recumbens

Alstroemeria kingii

Alstroemeria leporina

Alstroemeria ligtu ssp. incarnata

Alstroemeria ligtu ssp. ligtu (Liuto)

Alstroemeria ligtu ssp. simsii (Flor del gallo)

Alstroemeria magnifica ssp. magnifica

Alstroemeria magnifica ssp. magnifica (Mariposa del campo / Lirio del campo)

Alstroemeria magnifica var. sierrae

Alstroemeria magnifica ssp. magenta (Alstroemeria)

Alstroemeria magnifica var. tofoensis

Alstroemeria pallida

Alstroemeria pelegrina (Pelegrina / Mariposa de Los Molles)

Alstroemeria philippii var. albicans

Alstroemeria philippii var. philippii

Alstroemeria presliana ssp. australis

Alstroemeria presliana ssp. presliana (Alstroemeria)

Alstroemeria pseudospatulata (Repollito amarillo)

Alstroemeria pulchra ssp. pulchra (Flor de Aguila / Flor de San Martin / Mariposa del Campo)

Alstroemeria pulchra var. maxima

Alstroemeria revoluta (Alstroemeria)

Alstroemeria schizanthoides var. schizanthoides

Alstroemeria sp. #1434

Alstroemeria spathulata

Alstroemeria umbellata (Lirio de cordillera rosado)

Alstroemeria versicolor

Alstroemeria violacea (Lirio del campo)

Alstroemeria werdermannii

Alstroemeria werdermannii var. flavicans

Bomarea salsilla (Salsilla / Zarcilla / Copihuito)

Leontochir ovallei (01-12-2008)

 

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