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Flower Spotlight: Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria looks like miniature lilies and is a gorgeous flower to send as a gift to a friend. Today, we’re taking a more in-depth look at this beautiful flower. Keep reading to learn about its meanings, along with interesting facts about alstroemeria.


Also known as the Peruvian lily, parrot lily, or lily of the Incas, alstroemeria is native to the mountainous regions of South America, particularly Peru, Chile, and Brazil. However, it is now also grown in the southern United States and Mexico. It was named after a Swedish baron by the name of Claus von Alstromer in the late 1700s and introduced to Europe at this time.


  • The leaves of alstroemeria grow upside down, and there is no explanation as to why!
  • Hybrids of the Chilean and Brazilian species of this plant are evergreen and flower for most of the year, which makes them available for florists year-round.
  • They are available in almost any color imaginable, except for shades of blue and green.


The flower itself has several meanings. It represents the power of friendship, as well as the support between two friends or family members. It can also serve as a reminder to follow your dreams or encouragement for someone who is going through a trying time. Meanings for different colors get even more specific.
Red or pink- showing platonic love to a friend
Orange- reaching goals and aspirations; positive energy
Purple- elegance
Yellow or white- showing concern for a friend

Sending alstroemeria is the perfect way to encourage a friend or family member, or wish them good luck. Ask your local florist for alstroemeria to be included next time you send flowers!


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