Alstroemeria pulchella - Linnaeus f.
Liliaceae (Lily) Family
Lily-of-the-Incas is a tall, occasionally branched, perennial with stems up to 24 inches. The plants emerge from loose clusters of white peanut-sized tubers in a rotate arrangement. Its preferred habitat is open roadside embankments, flat pastures, yards and pine woods. Distribution is occasional to rare in the Escambia region.
The leaves are in small umbrella-like clusters. Each leaf is held in a horizontal position, but may appear to be in starvation. The veins are parallel to the mid-rib, pale green in color, slightly curved inward and drooping at the tips.
The flowers are tubular (somewhat like a distorted azalea) that do not fully open. The petals have ragged and uneven edges that curl slightly inward instead of flaring outward. Each flower is crimson in color without and light lemon-lime within and at the petal tips. The inner tube is streaked with greenish-black. Each flower is bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. Flowers occur in early to mid-summer.
Fruit is an elongated pod.