Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Inca lily, Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas
There are 190 cultivars and many hybrids.
The flowers have spots and streaked markings on the petals and the colours range from green to white, golden yellow, and orange to a light apricot, pink, a dark red, bluish purple, and lavender
Up to two weeks as a stem but the flowers last a bit shorter if cut as individual flowers
Slight floral fragrance
Long stems are great in line work and the individual flowers are perfect for body flowers. The small flowers look great combined with lilies.
Choose stems that are just opining with all its colour showing but only a few petals turning. Look for undamaged stems and healthy green foliage. If the foliage is yellow it is best not to purchase the flowers as it is a sign of stress caused by flower preservative. Cut the white lower portion of the stem and remove the lower foliage from the stems. Condition in warm water with flower food. Do not remove all the foliage when conditioning because the green leaves help with the uptake of water.