(Alstroemeria versicolor)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Alstroemeria versicolor
Amaryllidaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[61]. A source of starch, it is very nutritious[2, 46, 105, 177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Some people are sensitive to this plant and skin contact with the sap can cause them to get dermatitis[65].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in individual pots in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe although seedlings can be transplanted successfully if they are moved with care whilst small. Pre-soak stored seed for 12 hrs in warm water, warm stratify for 4 weeks at 25¡c and then reduce the temperature to 10¡c. Excising a small bit of the seed near the embryo after the seed has been warm stratified helps to speed up the germination process[164]. Plant out about 20cm deep into their permanent positions in late summer or autumn[200]. Division in April or October with care since the plant resents root disturbance[133]. Ensure each portion has a growth bud[111].
Requires a fertile, moisture retentive well-drained soil and a warm situation in sun or semi-shade[200]. Prefers a dry sheltered border and a peaty loam[1]. This species prefers a dry period in the summer and autumn. A rather tender plant, it is unlikely to succeed outdoors in Britain other than in the mildest areas of the country[1]. Plants tolerate temperatures down to about -5¡c[260]. The roots should be planted 15 – 20cm deep when dormant in late summer to autumn and then be well mulched to protect them from severe winter weather. Somewhat intolerant of root disturbance[1], the roots are fleshy and brittle[200].
S. America – Chile.

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