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Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria) is a perennial that develops a large clump of tuberous roots. It is native to South America where it grows in grassy fields or sometimes screes on low mountain slopes. It should be hardy down to 5 degrees F. It provides red, rose, yellow, salmon or white blooms (depending on species) in summer. Peruvian Lilies attract butterflies and are an excellent cut flower. Do not cut stems, but pull them out of the plant cluster by the base. They make an excellent container plant for the cool conservatory. The foliage occasionally causes skin allergies.

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