My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Alstroemeria - Inca lily, Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas


Rocking around three candle trees floral art design with berries, dendrobium orchids, alstroemeria, cymbidium orchids and lisianthus flowers

Common name

Inca lily, Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas


South America


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

Vase life

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.

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Related Designs

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11 November 2020 What goes around

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Place the floral details strategically on the edge of sturdier parts of the armature to keep the reed grid from collapsing under the weight of the floral details.

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9 March 2016 Take your time

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8 October 2012 Making an effort to appear effortless

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15 December 2011 Rocking around Three Candle Trees

Wire spirals twisted around candles to make small Christmas trees for the Christmas Eve dinner table