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Any of several South American perennial herbs of the genus Alstroemeria, popular as cut flowers for their showy, variously colored blooms.

[New Latin, genus name, after Baron Clas Alstroemer (1736-1794), Swedish naturalist.]


(Plants) any plant of the tuberous perennial liliaceous genus Alstroemeria, originally S American, grown for their brightly coloured orchid-like flowers. Also called: Peruvian lily
[named by Linnaeus for his friend Baron Klas von Alstroemer]
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Noun1.alstroemeria - any of various South American plants of the genus Alstroemeria valued for their handsome umbels of beautiful flowersalstroemeria - any of various South American plants of the genus Alstroemeria valued for their handsome umbels of beautiful flowers
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
genus Alstroemeria - genus of showy South American herbs with leafy stems; sometimes placed in family Alstroemeriaceae or in family Amaryllidaceae
Alstroemeria pelegrina, lily of the Incas, Peruvian lily - an Andean herb having umbels of showy pinkish-purple lily-like flowers
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They wore two-piece royal blue crepe gowns and carried nosegays of amour alstromeria.
Their bouquets featured mauve alstromeria and bluebird roses.
Garden urns filled with arrangements of gladioli, liatris, alstromeria lilies, Dutch iris, and oriental lilies in all shades of lavenders and purples with white accents decorated the sanctuary.
The attendants wore lavender crepe dresses and carried hand-tied bouquets of champagne colored roses, alstromeria lilies, wax flower, Blue Bird roses, Oriana roses, and million star.
She carried a bouquet of ivory roses accented with alstromeria lilies hand tied with a sheer ivory ribbon.
They wore two-piece gowns of rosefrost chiffon and carried hand-tied bouquets of miniature calla lilies, roses, alstromeria, and eustoma in shades of pink and rose.
The bouquets were embellished with hot pink spray roses and fuchsia alstromeria lilies and finished with galax leaves and fuchsia ribbon that was an exact match to the dresses.
A massive arrangement of white hybrid delphinium, white Virginia alstromeria lilies, white beauty eremurus, white gladioli, cream snapdragons, white hydrangeas, white mountain lilies and Creme de la Creme roses was positioned at the back of the altar.
The flowers include carnations, roses, statice, lilies, hypericum and alstromeria.
There are hot borders and containers packed with dahlias, poppies, cosmos and alstromeria.
Cut flowers that will hold their petals the longest as a bouquet given on Valentine's Day and might retain ornamental value until the end of February are alstromeria (12 to 15 days), long-stemmed florist's carnations (15 to 20 days).