Discovered by Baron Claus von Alstromer in 1753, these beautiful flowers are a symbol of friendship and devotion. They are considered to resemble a miniature lily and are often called the Peruvian Lily or the Lily of the Incas. Alstroemeria are believed to have originated from South America and now have grown to about 50 different species of flowering plants. The most popular Alstroemeria is the hybrid of a winter-growing species from Chile and a summer-growing species from Brazil.
Today, Alstroemeria flowers come in a wide variety of colors including white, yellow, orange, pink, red, lavender, apricot, purple, salmon, mauve, cream, and bi-colors. When cut, these flowers are two to three feet long and branch into four to six stalks. Each of these pedicels holds about two to four flower buds. The leaves on an Alstroemeria plant start upside down and twist as the leaf grows out from the stem.