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Alstroemeria hookeri Lodd. subsp. hookeri

This is the probable identification of Macarthur’s Alstroemeria hookeriana. It is a frost-hardy, dwarf, perennial with pink flowers, streaked yellow and purple inside, in summer.  To 60cm.  [RHSE].


Horticultural & Botanical History

‘We received [Alstroemeria hookeri] from the Horticultural Society, with the name of Versicolor: it has also been figured by Dr. Hooker in Exotic Flora, and called Rosea. Both these names are objectionable, having been already applied by Ruiz and Pavon, in Flora Peruviana, to other distinct species: we feel much pleasure, therefore, in following Mr. Sweet, by giving it a name which has merited so much from botanists as has Dr. Hooker, by the number, elegance, and accuracy of his works. This plant is a native of Chili: it flowers in June; after which the stalks, which are about two feet high, decay, and the roots remain dormant till the latter end of the year.’  [LBC no.1272/1827]. 

Alstroemeria hookeri Lodd. is considered by some to be a short-growing form of Alstroemeria ligtu L.


History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.25/1843]. 



Both Alstroemeria hookeri Sweet and Alstroemeria hookeri Lodd. subsp. hookeri are considered valid names by The Plant List but Conrad Loddiges considered his plant to be synonymous with Sweet’s and this may be so. Alstroemeria hookeri was listed but described only as ‘rose-coloured’ by Sweet in 1826 [Hortus Britannicus p.408/1826].


Published Jan 11, 2009 - 03:50 PM | Last updated Apr 03, 2012 - 05:18 PM

The image shows bright pink flowers with yellow, red-spotted throats.  Loddiges Botanical Cabinet no.1272, 1827.

Alstroemeria hookeri Lodd. subsp. hookeri | LBC no.1272/1827 as Alstroemeria hookeri | RBGS


Family Alstroemeriaceae
Region of origin


  • Alstroemeria hookeri Lodd.
  • Alstroemeria hookeriana Schult & Schult.f.
  • Alstroemeria citrina Pall.
  • Alstroemeria rosea Hook.
  • Alstroemeria tenuifolia Herb.



Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Alstroemeria Hookeriana 


Confidence level medium