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Capturing Photography Memories ~ Cut Alstroemeria Flower Pictures

Updated on June 20, 2017

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Gifts of Flowers

Many people when they are invited to a friend's home for dinner wish to take a little something to show their appreciation. It would seem that for time immemorial flowers have been chosen as the perfect gift. These flower gifts seem to fit any and all occasions.

Most everyone likes a gift of pretty flowers, unless for some reason they are allergic to them, and flowers compliment almost any décor.

My husband and I have a special friend who has brought us beautiful blooming alstroemeria flower bouquets on different occasions. When she found out how long they lasted and how long they graced our home with their gorgeous colors, she has sought to seek out more alstroemeria cut flowers and gift us with them several times and often in different color combinations.

We have other friends who know my husband's special love of tulips and who have often brought those stemmed beauties several times to our home.

Now we are starting to associate the alstroemeria flower gifts with this particular friend simply because of the frequency of her thoughtful gifts. This post will showcase some of those alstroemeria flower beauties.


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Peruvian lily


This is another name for the flower called alstroemeria. In addition to Peruvian lily it is also sometimes called a Lily of the Incas.

These names would have come naturally as this perennial flowering plant is a native of South America.


Many of the plants delivered to flower shops and grocery stores and other places that sell fresh cut flowers come from crosses between the more than one-hundred and twenty species of these flower plants coming primarily from the countries of Peru, Chile and Brazil.

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Alstroemeria (shows different colors and types)

Alstroemeria bouquet

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Dr. Robert Rogan painting on wall behind vase of alstroemeria flowers.
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Prolonging Flower Blooms


So many cut flowers have a short time that they remain pretty after being arranged in a vase of water. Of course there are methods that can extend the life of cut flowers and some florists include a packet of something to be mixed with the water when hydrating the flowers. I have never seen a label as to what is in those mysterious packets...but they seem to work.

Some things to do to extend the life of cut flowers like alstromerias (as well as other types of flowers) besides changing the water and refreshing it every couple of days are some of the following which can be added to the water if not given a packet from the florist:

Add a crushed aspirin tablet
Some people use a copper penny in the water
Some people use a copper penny in the water
A few drops of household bleach plus a teaspoon or two of sugar
Just a little sugar
Believe it or not, some people use a multi-vitamin!

Personally I have used a little sugar and it seems to extend a cut flower's life in a vase.

But the most beautiful thing about purchasing alstroemeria flowers or receiving them as gifts is that they last much longer than many other cut flowers...with or without those additives being added to the water.

On average, one can expect just about two weeks of vase life when having alstroemeria flowers in one's home. When first acquired the buds are not fully opened and with the passing days they just get prettier and more beautiful as they continue to open. So if wishing to give a more long lasting gift or beautifying one's own home, think of picking up some alstroemeria flowers the next time one is shopping for cut flowers.

Flower Gardening : How to Care for an Alstroemeria

How to Prune Alstroemeria or Peruvian Lily

Growing Alstroemerias

Truthfully this is one flower that I have never tried growing but might just have to give it a try one of these days. It does not sound that difficult.

While it naturally grows in central Chile and eastern Brazil in opposite seasons (Chile in the winter months, and Brazil in the summer) as well as Peru, if one provides the right kind of light and well drained soil and it is grown in sun or part sun, this bulbous perennial plant could provide some gorgeous blooms in the summertime for many people.

Provide enough water and humidity and then be prepared to harvest one's own blooms for vases in the house...or just admire the plant as grown in the ground or in tubs or pots on the patio.

It can grow to be anywhere from one to three feet tall and one to two feet wide, so allow plenty of room for it to spread.

I found a couple of interesting videos on how the Alstroemeria flowers are grown and gathered for the cut flowers...and or kept dead-headed in the garden. Watch the videos and be amazed!

Alstroemeria Australia style picking and bunching in the field.

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Blooming gift

Thanks to our friend we have now had many different colors of Alstroemeria flowers in our Houston home at various times.

Of the many hybrids...colors such as lavender, red, purple, white, yellows, oranges, apricot and pinks can be seen as well as striations of colors in each blossom.

It was fun taking photos of these thoughtful gifts and if you, the reader, were unfamiliar with these Alstroemeria flower beauties...hopefully you are now better acquainted.

Different colors of Alstroemeria flowers

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Interested in the painting behind the vase of Alstroemeria flowers?


Alstroemeria Lilies

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      I also do that...if not every day, then at least every other day. She also wrote a book titled I hate to cook if I remember correctly. Thanks for the votes and tweet.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Those are beautiful and very photogenic! Way back in the early 1970s I read Peg Bracken's "I Hate To Housekeep" book. In it she recommends trimming the stems and changing the water in your cut flowers every day. I've been doing it that way ever since, and I have to say it's an excellent way to keep your flowers fresh! :)

      Voted up, interesting and tweeted! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      So glad that you like this alstroemeria flower hub. They truly are beautiful and long lasting flowers. Thanks for the share.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is one of my favorite of your hubs because of the gorgeous photos and videos. Just love this hub! Sharing again . .

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      I agree that the Alstromeria flowers can be called eye candy. They surely are pretty! Thanks for your comment.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What pretty flowers. Eye candy. Thanks, Peggy W!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello FlourishAnyway,

      Glad that I could introduce you to the beautiful alstroemeria flowers by way of photos and information about them. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi joanveronica,

      It must be lovely to see alstroemeria flowers growing wild in Chile. Glad that they have become a florist's favorite and they are cultivated for that reason also. Yes...they certainly are lovely! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      So happy to know that you enjoyed this hub regarding the pretty and long lasting alstroemeria flowers. Appreciate your comment, votes & the share. Gave me a chance to update the hub. Sounds like you have long days if you routinely get up at 4:30AM.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Stunning photos! I wasn't familiar with them until reading your hub.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, this Hub made my day! I don't know how I missed it! And yes, these lovely flowers grow all over in Chile where I live, they are amazing. Some years ago they were not really considered "elegant" as they grow wild in the countryside, but now they are cultivated and sold at florists in elegant arrangements. Aren't they lovely? I'm so glad they have become known in your part of the world! Have a good day and enjoy your flowers!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      These photos are absolutely gorgeous! Loved reading about these flowers and really enjoyed relaxing and looking at the photos and watching the videos. Even though it's early (7:30 PM CST) it's bedtime for me because I have to get up at 4:30 AM for work in the morning. I did want to check out one of your hubs first though, and this was a fantastic choice. Voted up, BAUI, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ianiott,

      The Alstroemeria flowers are really pretty. We are alike in that we both like flowers and love nature. Thanks for your comment.

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      Ian iott 4 years ago from Ohio

      Beautiful hub and beautiful flowers i love it.I love nature :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi shea duane,

      Thanks for your comment regarding the information about the Alstroemeria flowers and also the compliment on the photos. Appreciate it. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the colorful and beautiful alstroemeria flowers. I think that they are popular because of how long they last in a cut flower arrangement among other things. Thanks for the vote & share.

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      shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

      wow, great info and beautiful photos!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Beautiful flowers. I don't grow them but have seen them in cut flower bouquets in our flower shop. They are so pretty. Enjoyed your hub voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      So glad that you liked these alstromeria flower photos. I do have some fun with my camera! :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Peggy,

      your photography skill is amazing. You have captured intricate details of flowers.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rajan jolly,

      So happy to be able to introduce you to the Alstroemeria flowers. They are a long lasting cut flower and therefore can be enjoyed for some time as a bouquet in one's home. They also come in a variety of colors as you can see from these photos. Thanks for your votes.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Peggy, these pics are beautiful. I had no idea of Alstromeria at all so I find this flower to be really attractive with the striations on the petals.

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Uragood hubber,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed the photos of these alstroemeria flowers. They certainly make for beautiful bouquets! Thanks for your comment.

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      Uragood hubber 5 years ago

      I love your photographs. Those flowers are beautiful!!!!!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      Nice to see you here visiting this hub about the alstroemeria flowers. They are a bright spot of color no matter what the day outside is like.

      It is sunny and will be around 68 degrees Fahrenheit today in Houston. Think that I will do a little raking up of acorns in the yard. The oak trees have been shedding them in abundance this year!

      Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Peggy -- Such a beautiful and colorful hub!

      Your photos of the alstroemeria flowers are just exquisite.

      Thank you for bringing some illumination to my very dark and cold winter day.

      Rated up and pressed all the appropriate buttons.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ivona,

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed the hub and photos of these alstroemeria flowers. Thanks for your comment.

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      Ivona Poyntz 5 years ago from UK

      I love your flowers: very informative hub

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Judi,

      Oh if only we had the size yard that we did while living in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin...a full half acre...I would surely try growing the alstroemeria flowers. Sadly, we do not have much space where we now live that is not already taken up with mostly perennial garden plantings. There are many things I would like to try growing if we had more space. So...if you have the room...you first! :))

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      Judi O 5 years ago from Texas

      Beautiful flowers. Thanks for the information. I, too, may try my hand at growing them someday. However, you first!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sligobay,

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on this hub about the alstroemeria flowers. Glad that you liked it.

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      sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

      Beautiful flowers and Hub. Thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om,

      I agree. The alstroemeria flowers almost have an orchid-like shape to them. They are charming and long lasting. Thanks for your comment.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Gorgeous! The alstroemeria flowers are uniquely charming. I really love this photo collection. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jimmy,

      Beautiful works for me. Thanks! Glad that you liked this alstroemeria hub.

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      James Paterson 5 years ago from Scotland

      All I can say Is Beautiful thankyou.....jimmy

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi marcoujor,

      I agree. Having fresh flowers in the house is so nice. I am still cutting roses from our garden. Even a single stem is nice! Glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hanna,

      Yes, the alstroemeria flowers come in all kinds of color variations. Thanks for your comment.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Peggy,

      I LOVE fresh flowers in the house at all times and actually the alstroemeria is one of our favorites, frugal that we are! They are so gorgeous and rather inexpensive, right in the grocery store-- great for these transitional months as our roses are starting to fade. {I'll have to see why hubby doesn't try to grow as I think he would...}

      I am definitely bookmarking as the YouTube relaxed me instantly with the mesmirizing upclose views and gorgeous music-- a million thanks for this visual feast!

      Voted UP & UABI, mar.

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      I never knew there is such big variety. Brilliant hub.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lisa,

      With the help of the florist, you chose well because as you learned, the alstroemeria flowers do hold up so well. It sounds like your daughter's engagement part was a beautiful affair. Thanks for your comment.

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      Lisa HW 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Peggy W, this Hub has a kind of "indirect sentimental meaning" to me because this is the flower I used to decorate my daughter's engagement party, and it was perfect. I chose it because circumstances/dates required a flower that would last. I wanted something that was "young, light, and airy" and not too formal but also elegant. I put bunches of them (pale cream with just a hint of pale pink) in simple glass vases on each table, as well as placing a couple of larger bunches around the room. The look for the dressy-but-not-formal party was really pretty and elegant. And, the flowers were easily affordable (after all, it was "only" an engagement party, not the wedding).

      The future-bride,the groom's mom, grandmother and sister; bride's aunts, best friend, and a cousin the bride is especially close to were each sent home with their own flowers which would last long after the party was over. The look, "mood", and last-ability of these flowers just made the whole engagement party "experience" really nice.

      (It was a florist who has been in our area for decades who recommended this particular flower because of how long it holds up. Also, I'd asked for a suggestion of a flower with a certain kind of "straight, simple, but not-too-thin" stem because of the glass vases I was using and the look I wanted showing through them.)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Movie Master,

      Let me know if you have luck growing the alstroemeria flowers in your garden. Wouldn't it be nice to just pull some up when needed to keep fresh flowers in the house or give away as gifts knowing that you would also be helping the plant produce more? Sounds great! Thanks for your comment.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, this is such a beautiful flower, I must try growing them in the garden next year.

      The photos are fabulous, thank you for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charles,

      Appreciate your visit and comment on this alstroemeria hub. Thanks!

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      charles criner 5 years ago

      Very nice and informative as always.........Charles.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Genna,

      I am glad that I took these photos and saved them. Now every reader of this hub can see some of the beauty of these alstroemeria flowers. Good morning to you and thanks for your comment.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Your photos of the Alstroemeria flowers burst through the screen with a beautiful and warm “good morning!” What wonderful colors. Two weeks a vase life is not bad, and I thank you, Peggy, for the tips on extended these extraordinary blooms. Excellent hub.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      You are the beautiful person that has graced our home with not only your presence but these gorgeous alstroemeria flowers. So glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for being you!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Izlpio90,

      It is fun taking pictures of flowers and these alstroemerias were most obliging. :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Thanks so very much for your comment on this alstroemeria flower hub. It is a high honor that you bestow and I am grateful. :))

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi mary615,

      Many of these bouquets are sold in grocery stores as well as flower shops in the Houston area and probably elsewhere. Most of them in this country are probably imported from South America where they grow naturally. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      Amazing. I am in awe. A very beautiful and lovely hub. Our friendship is long lasting like the Alstroemeria. You have captured the beauty of this long lasting flower. Thanks for your warm words and recognition. Beautiful hub.

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      lzlpio90 5 years ago

      what a lovely photos!!! i do also love to take pictures of flowers! Beautiful and interesting!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      "Say it with flower", this is the best words to describe how beautiful this hub. Peggy, you have done a great job and you have good presentation between pictures. Everything seems so perfect in your hand. I love this hub so much, even I can't blink my eyes just for a while. I'll press all buttons, except funny. TOP RATED UP for Peggy!

      Love and peace, Prasetio

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I'm not at all familiar with these flowers. They look like we call the common lily. We don't grow these in S. Fl. probably too hot here for them. I'm a flower lover, and I enjoyed looking at your photography; very nice!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello NMLady,

      Glad that you enjoyed this hub. We have surely enjoyed the many bouquets of alstroemeria flowers over a course of time! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello craftdrawer,

      Thanks for being the first to comment on this hub about alstroemeria flowers. Glad that you liked the photos.

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      NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Very pretty. Thanks for the info.

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      craftdrawer 5 years ago

      Very informative! Beautiful photos!!!