Peruvian lily 'Mauve Majesty' Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty'
'Mauve Majesty' is a clump-forming, tuberous perennial, to 75cm high, with lance-shaped leaves. Funnel-shaped pink to mauve flowers, with creamy-yellow centres and dark red streaks, are borne in terminal, open clusters from summer into autumn
About this plant
Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas, Parrot Lily, Princess Lily, Alstroemeria
Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty'
Color of leaves
2-3 feet [60-90 cm]
1-2 feet [30-60 cm]
- General Benefits
- Long-lasting blooms: 'Mauve Majesty' produces flowers that can last up to two weeks when cut, making it an excellent choice for bouquets and floral arrangements.
- Attractive floral display: With its mauve-colored petals and strikingly patterned throats, this plant offers a visually appealing display in gardens and as a cut flower.
- Drought tolerance: Once established, Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty' is relatively drought-tolerant, reducing the need for frequent watering.
- Cold hardiness: This cultivar is somewhat cold-hardy, meaning it can withstand cooler temperatures once properly settled in the garden.
- Low maintenance: Requiring minimal care beyond the basics, such as occasional watering and fertilizing, it is ideal for both experienced and novice gardeners.
- Attracts pollinators: The colorful blooms of 'Mauve Majesty' are attractive to bees and butterflies, thus supporting local ecosystems and pollination.
- Versatile planting options: It can be used in a variety of garden settings such as borders, containers, and beds, offering flexibility in garden design.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- Photography Prop: Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty' can be used by photographers as a delicate and colorful prop in portrait and macro photography, providing a natural and aesthetic backdrop.
- Edible Decor: While not a common practice, the petals of Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty' could be used as a decorative, edible element in salads for those who appreciate adventurous gastronomy, provided the flowers are free of pesticides.
- Dye Source: The vivid colors of 'Mauve Majesty' petals may be used in a natural dye process for fabrics, offering shades of mauve and pink to textiles.
- Eco-friendly Confetti: Dried petals of Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty' can be used as biodegradable confetti for eco-conscious celebrations.
- Artistic Inspiration: The striking color and form can inspire artists and craftspeople in their creation of paintings, textiles, or decorative crafts.
- Floral Water: The petals could potentially be steeped in water to create a light, floral-scented room spray or for use in homemade cosmetics.
- Greeting Cards: Pressed Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty' flowers can be used to embellish handmade paper or greeting cards for a unique touch.
- Bookmarks: Laminated strips of the flower can make for elegant and personalized bookmarks.
- Garden Mulch: When past their prime, the flowers and foliage can be composted and used as a nutrient-rich mulch for gardens.
- Lure for Pollinators: When planted in a garden, Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty' can attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies, which round out an ecosystem and aid in pollination of nearby plants.
- Feng Shui
The Peruvian Lily is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
The Peruvian Lily is not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Friendship: The Alstroemeria, commonly known as Peruvian Lily, is often a symbol of enduring friendship due to its long-lasting nature as a cut flower, which is seen as a metaphor for lasting human connections.
- Devotion: This flower represents mutual support and commitment, reflecting how friends are devoted to one another through thick and thin.
- Wealth: Peruvian Lilies are believed to bring prosperity and wealth, making them popular gifts for those starting new ventures or seeking good fortune.
- Achievement of aspirations: Often connected to the pursuit and fulfillment of one's dreams, the intricate patterns of the Alstroemeria petals symbolize the complex paths we navigate to realize our goals.
The Peruvian Lily, also known as Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty', requires consistent moisture and should be watered once the top inch of soil feels dry. This typically means watering about once a week, but this frequency can increase during hot, dry weather or if the plant is in a pot. You should aim to apply approximately 1 gallon of water per watering session, ensuring you water deeply enough to reach the root zone. Be cautious not to overwater, as stagnant water can lead to root rot. Always check the soil before watering to avoid excess moisture.
Peruvian Lilies thrive in bright, indirect sunlight and should be positioned in a spot where they can receive several hours of morning sun followed by partial shade in the afternoon. They can tolerate full sun in cooler climates, but in hotter areas, protection from intense afternoon rays is necessary to prevent leaf scorch. A location with east-facing light is ideal for the right balance of sun and shade for Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty'.
Peruvian Lilies prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive minimum temperatures down to about 28 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods, making them suitable for USDA zones 7-10. However, extended exposure to temperatures below the freezing mark can damage the plant. For optimal growth, maintain a climate close to their preferred temperature range and protect them from extreme cold.
Pruning Peruvian Lilies is done to remove spent flower stalks and to maintain the plant's vigor. Deadheading, or cutting back the old blooms, encourages more flowers to form. Prune back to the base of the stem after blooming, which typically occurs from late spring to early fall. Removing dead foliage and old stems in late winter or early spring prepares the plant for new growth.
Peruvian Lily 'Mauve Majesty' thrives in well-draining, fertile soil enriched with organic matter. A mixture of two parts loam, one part peat, and one part perlite or sand creates a suitable soil environment. The pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ideally between 6.5 and 7.0.
Peruvian Lily 'Mauve Majesty' typically needs repotting every two to three years or when the plant has outgrown its current pot. It's best to repot in the spring just before the growing season.
- Humidity & Misting
Peruvian Lily 'Mauve Majesty' prefers moderate humidity levels, consistent with average household conditions. It can adapt to humidity levels between 40% to 60% without the need for special measures.
- Suitable locations
Place Peruvian Lily in bright, indirect light and maintain moist soil.
Plant in a sheltered spot with sun and moist, fertile soil.
- Life cycle
Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty', commonly known as Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, begins its life cycle as a rhizome, which is a type of underground stem that sends out roots and shoots from its nodes. Germination from seed can occur, but is less common in cultivation. The plant emerges as a seedling or new shoots from the rhizome in early spring and develops into a mature plant with long, slim leaves and stems. Flowering occurs in late spring to early summer when brightly colored, trumpet-shaped flowers bloom, attracting pollinators. After flowering, seed pods may form, and the plant prepares for a period of dormancy in late autumn, where above-ground growth dies back. Throughout the winter, the rhizome remains dormant underground until conditions are favorable for the next growth cycle in the coming spring.
Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty', commonly known as Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, is typically propagated through division of its tuberous rhizomes. The best time to do this is in the late winter or early spring before new growth begins. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the entire plant, making sure to keep as much of the root system intact as possible. Identify sections of rhizomes that have at least one or two growth points or "eyes." Using a sharp knife, cut the rhizome into sections, ensuring each piece has a growth point. These individual sections can then be replanted at the same depth they were originally growing, spaced about 12 to 24 inches (approximately 30 to 60 centimeters) apart to allow for ample growing space. Water the newly planted divisions well, and they should begin to establish themselves and produce new growth in the coming weeks.