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Alstroemeria Ligtu Striped Flowered Alstroemeria


Alstroemeria Ligtu Striped Flowered AlstroemeriaThe Alstroemeria Ligtu receives its generic name from Claudius Alstroemer (son of Sir Jonas Alstroemer, a Swedish Merchant) who first found the other most beautiful species the Pelegrina in Spain, whither it had been transmitted from Peru; its trivial name Ligtu is a provincial one.

According to Fewillee, who has written on the plants of Peru, this species is found on the banks of the rivers in Chili: we treat it, and successfully, as a stove plant; its flowers, which usually make their appearance in February and March, emit a fragrance scarcely inferior to Mignonet; its leaves, contrary to most others, grow inverted, which is effected by a twist of the footstalk, and afford an excellent example of Linnæus's Folium resupinatum; the filaments, after the pollen is discharged, turn upwards, and the antheræ become almost globular.

The Alstroemeria Ligtu is usually propagated by parting its roots in Autumn.