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Peruvian lilies -- low water and high style -- plant 'em now

October 26, 2008 |  4:01 pm


Tall and bright and trumpet-shaped, Peruvian lilies are a real stand-out in the garden. Bonus -- they don't take much water. More details from Nan Sterman:

Though they're available in stores year-round, the best time to plant is fall through early spring. These lilies are native not only to Peru, but also to Chile, Argentina and Brazil. They first appeared in California's floral trade in the early 1980s. Another decade passed before the plants made their way into local nurseries.

During that time, hybridizers were working on their color, height and bloom time. In nature, the lilies sprout new stems in fall, bloom through spring, then retreat into the ground to survive the heat of summer. New "ever blooming" varieties have been bred to shorten the cycle; dormancy is limited and plants bloom nearly year-round.

The rest of the story, with an easy how-to, is here.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Robert Smaus