A mind-numbing, eye-hemorrhaging, variegated alstroemeria has been unleashed at Southern California nurseries this spring.
I reached for the camera phone when I saw big displays at two nurseries over the weekend.
Alstroemeria ‘Rock & Roll.’
The tag predicts that it will be “Sure to attract attention.”
But I suppose if we can’t grow those crazy, high-contrast hostas, why not a variegated alstroemeria? This one needs a frost-free winter to be happy; otherwise, container culture only.
It’s not like I’m immune to the charms of the variegated. Alstroemeria psittacina spent some time in my garden in years past.
Introduced by Tesselaar International of Victoria, Australia, in 2011, for sale at local nurseries under Monrovia’s label.
If you dare…
Your hosta comparison at first seemed a little far fetched. However upon looking closer at the foliage I totally get it. Pretty fabulous!
Loree, I’m thinking this one will be a hit at garden shows, not that I’ve been to any yet this year…
I did, and because it does look like a Hosta. Praying daily it never ever blooms. Wait–cut flowers! Okay, I can stop praying now.
Hoov, you didn’t! What a personality test this plant will be. I would have never guessed you’d fall for it.
I was out looking at it again. It’s the massed display, not the plant. One amidst green-foliaged plants is a hosta-like spot of cheer and texture. No, really!