Florists often refer to this pretty little lily-like flower as “Alstro”. It’s another staple of flowers, coming to us from South America. Alstroemeria blooms in a wide range of colors and is generally long-lasting. After its long trip from South America, it can often look very wilted and tender, but as soon as the stems are hydrated, the blooms start to come back to life. It is often used in corsages and as filler flowers in bouquets and arrangements, although it is certainly pretty on its own. It is the “friendship flower”, symbolic of wealth, prosperity and fortune. If you receive a bouquet of Alstroemeria, consider yourself very fortunate!