THE AMANCAY, GROWING LIKE A WEED ALL OVER THE CHILEAN COUNTRYSIDE!
The view includes the Volcan Osorno in the background
THE MODERN DAY CULTIVAR CALLED "SATURNE"
- The Astroemerias are perennials whose roots form rhizomes similar to those of the Iris.
- The Alstroemeria aurea is native to the south of Chile (the Amancay!) and can grow to be about 1 meter tall.
- The tuberous roots were consumed as food in the pre-Columbian period.
- The flowers grow at the top of the stalk, usually in clusters.
- The “aurea” is mostly yellow – to – orange in color.
- The “haemantha” is native to the Valparaiso region of Chile and the flowers are deep red – to – orange in color.
- The “ligtu”, another native of Chile, grows in the dry northern regions. The colors can vary from white through pink to lilac and burgundy.
AN ALSTROEMERIA GROWING IN ITS NATURAL HABITAT IN CENTRAL CHILE
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