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Uses

Toxic parts

Some people are sensitive to this plant and skin contact with the sap can cause them to get dermatitis[1].

Edible uses

Notes

Root - cooked[2]. The roots are a source of a palatable starch[3][4][5]. It is very nutritious and is given to children and invalids[6].

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Alstroemeria ligtu.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Alstroemeria ligtu.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown in individual pots in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe although seedlings can be transplanted successfully if they are moved with care whilst small. Pre-soak stored seed for 12 hrs in warm water, warm stratify for 4 weeks at 25°c and then reduce the temperature to 10°c. Excising a small bit of the seed near the embryo after the seed has been warm stratified helps to speed up the germination process[7]. Plant out about 20cm deep into their permanent positions in late summer or autumn[8]. Division in April or October with care since the plant resents root disturbance[9]. Ensure each portion has a growth bud[10].

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Cultivation

Requires a fertile, moisture retentive well-drained soil and a warm situation in sun or semi-shade[8]. Prefers a dry sheltered border and a peaty loam[11]. Established plants are drought tolerant according to one report[12], whilst another says that the soil should not be allowed to dry out in the growing season[13]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[14].

A very ornamental plant[11], it is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, tolerating temperatures down to between -5 to -10°c[8]. Young plants are best given a protective mulch for their first winter or two[14]. The lily-like flowers have a sweet fragrance of mignonette[15]. They are one of the longest-lasting of cut flowers for the home and so are commonly grown for this purpose[15]. The edible roots are sold in local markets in Chile[4]. The roots should be planted 15 - 20cm deep when dormant in late summer to autumn and then be well mulched to protect them from severe winter weather. Plants can be rather invasive, spreading by means of underground fleshy roots to form large patches[16].

Somewhat intolerant of root disturbance[11], the roots are fleshy and brittle[8].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Alstroemeria ligtu. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Alstroemeria ligtu.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Alstroemeria ligtu
Genus
Alstroemeria
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
8
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
?
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
?
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? Frohne. D. and Pf?nder. J. A Colour Atlas of Poisonous Plants. Wolfe ISBN 0723408394 (1984-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.2 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 ? Flora of Chile. (in Spanish) ()
  7. ? Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.18.28.38.4 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  9. ? Rice. G. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 1. Thompson and Morgan. (1987-00-00)
  10. ? Sanders. T. W. Popular Hardy Perennials. Collingridge (1926-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.111.2 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  12. ? Chatto. B. The Dry Garden. Dent ISBN 0460045512 (1982-00-00)
  13. ? Grey. C. H. Hardy Bulbs. Williams & Norgate. (1938-00-00)
  14. ? 14.014.1 Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
  15. ? 15.015.1 Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
  16. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)