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Products > Alstroemeria 'The Third Harmonic'
 
Alstroemeria 'The Third Harmonic'
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Alstroemeriaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Alstroemeria 'The Third Harmonic' - Vigorous evergreen perennial that makes thick clumps with stems rising to 4' tall bearing large flowers that first are yellow with black and buff markings then age to a dark orange. Flowering continues over a long period. This selection has nearly a year round bloom period in frost free gardens. Plants have a crown of slender rhizomes that attach to succulent storage roots below. Each year new unbranched shoots arise from the crown to produce narrow leaves along the stem and an umbel of flowers at the tip. Plant in full sun to light shade and water regularly to occasionally in late spring and early summer. Tolerates fairly dry conditions in coastal gardens but vigor and flowering is best when plants are irrigated. Hardy to 15-20 degrees F but tolerates lower temperatures if mulched. When trimming or cutting Alstroemeria for flowers it is best to pull the stems out so they break off below ground at the crown to stimulate the formation of new shoots but do so carefully so not to pull out pieces of the rhizome itself. The flowers on 'The Third Harmonic' look quite a bit like Alstroemeria 'Sussex Gold' when first emerging but then darkens to a much deeper orange color. It is also shorter than 'Sussex Gold' and has broader, slightly grayer foliage. 'The Third Harmonic' was bred by George Hare from 'Peach Harmony'. Our plants are from Suncrest Nursery. The genus Alstroemeria (at times spelled Alstremeria) was named by Carl Linnaeus, often called the Father of Taxonomy, for his friend and student Klaus von Alstroemer (Clas Alströmer), a Swedish baron. Alstroemeria come from two areas within South America with summer growing species restricted to eastern Brazil and winter-growing plants from central Chile with common names such as Peruvian Lily, Parrot Lily, or Lily of the Incas.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Alstroemeria 'The Third Harmonic'.