al·​stroe·​me·​ria ˌal-strə-ˈmir-ē-ə How to pronounce alstroemeria (audio)
: any of a genus (Alstroemeria) of tropical South American herbs of the lily family that are often cultivated for their clusters of showy variegated flowers

Examples of alstroemeria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drawing inspiration from desert oases, the Wild About U Bouquet is arranged with some of The Bouqs Co.’s favorite flowers and plants, including alstroemeria, solidago, and aster, according to the brand. Andie Kanaras, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, sunflowers and alstroemerias have become staples. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 There’s an ugly truth behind those beautiful alstroemeria, dahlias, and roses we adore—80 percent of them are grown overseas and imported on gas-guzzling jets—often soaked in pesticides—despite the fact that they can be grown right here in the U.S. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 11 July 2023 Colorita Katiana Ron Peterson, head grower for Milaeger's stores in Racine and Sturtevant, likes this newer pot alstroemeria (aka princess lily). Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 23 Mar. 2023 He's known as the father of the alstroemeria industry. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, 26 Jan. 2021 That essentially domesticated the alstroemeria in the United States, turning it from a wildflower that bloomed once a year into a year-round flower. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, 26 Jan. 2021 Wilkins became internationally known for his work on the alstroemeria. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, 26 Jan. 2021 Sixty-two bundles of flowers — lilies, roses, tulips, dahlia, marigolds, alstroemeria, ranunculus — have been donated by Urban Stems, a florist just up the street. John Kelly, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2019

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Word History


New Latin, from Klas von Alstroemer †1794 Swedish botanist

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alstroemeria was in 1833

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“Alstroemeria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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