let’s learn about flowers: alstroemeria (or peruvian lilies) edition

let's learn about flowers: alstromeria edition

These flowers have a special place in my heart. We used them in our wedding centerpieces, paired with miniature roses. But I’ll let you in on a secret: when our florist first suggested these beautiful flowers, I had no idea what they were. Alstro-what? Even after our wedding, I had trouble remembering what they were called or anything else about them. Perfect nomination for a blog post, right?

These flowers are also called peruvian lilies.  They come in a variety of colors, you can often find flecked flowers which create gorgeous color combinations. I was drawn to these flowers because they have more of a “wildflower” feel. They are relatively inexpensive, so they are a great way to fill out arrangements and add color and texture. Each stem has three to five blooms so you can get a lot of flower for the money. They also have no scent, so they are a great choice if you are choosing other flowers with a scent.

Colors: white, red, yellow, pink, lavender, purple, flecked and multi-colored

Available: all year round

Bloom Size: 1.5 to 3 inches

Cost: Inexpensive

Fun Fact: The flower is originally from South America, and is supposed to symbolize friendship and devotion, and the twists in the flower are supposed to represent the trials of friendship.

Some photos:

alstromeria or peruvian lily centerpiece in mason jar

alstromeria or peruvian lily rustic burlap centerpiece

alstromeria or peruvian lily bouquet

alstromeria or peruvian lily centerpiece

alstromeria or peruvian lily centerpiece


This was our wedding centerpiece:

alstromeria or peruvian lily centerpiece with miniature roses

Photo Credits: { The Knot | Michelle Gardella Photography | Cobblestone Florist | Floral Cadet | Rebecca’s Silver Rose | Flickr }

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