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Products > Alstroemeria Little Miss Zoe ['Zoe'] PP30,680
 
Alstroemeria Little Miss Zoe ['Zoe'] PP30,680 - Little Miss Zoë Peruvian Lily
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Alstroemeriaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Peru (South America)
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: [Alstroemeria 'Tara' mutation]
Height: 1 foot
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Alstroemeria Little Miss Zoe ['Zoe'] PP30,680 (Little Miss Zoë Peruvian Lily) - A compact and mounding tuberous perennial to 1 foot tall with narrowly lance-shaped leaves that have a broad cream to pale yellow central banding and irregular dark green margins. In late spring on through summer appear open clusters reddish-pink flowers flecked with brownish spots and yellow base, that rise just above the foliage. 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 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° F but tolerates lower temperatures if well 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 Little Miss Series of Alstroemeria are dwarf plants that were originally hybridized by Robert Goemans at Chichester in Sussex, England. Mr. Goemans in 1997 a plant he named 'Tara' (Little Miss Tara" in the series) and this plant received U.S. Plant Pat. No. 14,722 in 2004. We have a special fondness for the name "Tara" as we had a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog with this name that roamed our gardens, prompting us to name such plants as Anisodontea 'Tara's Pink' and 'Tara's Wonder'', which have become common plant in the nursery trade, and this certainly encouraged us to grow Alstroemeria 'Tara' (Little Miss Tara) PP14,722, which we listed in our nursery catalogs from 2011 until 2013. Alstroemeria 'Zoe' is a naturally-occurring branch mutation that was found within a crop of Alstroemeria 'Tara' in a nursery in Sussex, United Kingdom in 2014 and it received US Plant patent PP30,680 in July 2019. Recently the Little Miss Series patents have since been assigned to Wulfinghoff Alstroemeria, a nursery that breeds and selects Alstroemeria in The Netherlands. 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.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Alstroemeria Little Miss Zoe ['Zoe'].