Alstroemeria 'Spitfire Spitfire'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow growing to average
- Flowering period: June and July
- Other features: contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Orange-red petals, which have a flash of dazzling yellow and are flecked with brownish plum, form vibrant flowers that put on an eye-catching summer display. This, combined with the striking variegated foliage, makes it a very handsome plant, which looks wonderful in borders with a hot colour scheme. They also make long-lasting cut flowers, so planting more than you need is a wise investment.
- Garden care: Newly planted Alstroemerias should be given a very generous 20cm (8") deep mulch of chipped bark in their first winter to help the plants become established. In subsequent autumns, provide a dry mulch of bracken or bark chippings will help protect the crowns. After flowering cut back the faded flower-stems, but make sure you always wear gloves when working with Peruvian lilies, as contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation.
- May cause skin allergy
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