We are often asked about filler flowers – the background blooms that help bring a wedding bouquet or centerpiece to life. One of our favorites for late summer/early fall is the alstroemeria, also known as the Peruvian Lily. With three to five blooms per stem, spotted petals, and an exotic look, it has a bit more character than other fillers. Color availability ranges from white and blush to unique bi-colors to vibrant orange, pink, red, and purple.
The alstroemeria was named after its discoverer, Baron Claus von Astromer, a Swedish naturalist who happened upon the bloom while collecting seeds in Spain in 1753. In the language of flowers, it symbolizes friendship, devotion, and following your dreams. In addition to beauty and style, if the meaning of your wedding flowers is important to you, then the alstroemeria is an excellent choice to have around on the big day.
Alstroemeria adds just enough flair without over powering the rest of your bridal blooms. Yet, they are interesting enough to stand on their own. Float down the aisle with a dreamy arrangement featuring bi-color white and purple flowers with dusty miller. A loose bouquet featuring white alstroemeria, ranunculus, roses, and wax flower with rich greenery radiates organic beauty. A hot pink and white color combo is perfect for the blushing bride. The blossom paired with yellow and pink roses and cascading greenery evokes sophistication with a natural twist.
When it comes to table decor, alstroemeria is very versatile and can work with designs ranging from simple to complex and tropical to rustic. Create a scene of striking contrast by combining the smooth, freckled bloom with ruffly cream roses and hydrangea, and natural accents. Elevate cocktail hour with a delicate pink arrangement set in a chic cylinder vase. White florals and greenery set in a silver mercury compote vase encapsulates casual elegance.
And let’s not overlook what this flower can do for men’s wedding attire. Compliment a breezy beach ensemble with a pop of purple. Spruce up a formalwear with a white alstroemeria, rose, and greenery boutonniere.
You’ve made it official. What better way to celebrate than with a blooming wedding cake? We’re swooning over this fairytale treat adorned with a pale orange alstroemeria, dusty pink roses, and butterflies!
As you can see, the alstroemeria is not your typical filler flower. It makes an unforgettable impression without taking away from the statement bloom or arrangement as a whole. Thinking of incorporating alstroemeria in your wedding decor? Here are somethings to keep in mind.
Season: Year Round
Vase Life: Up to 2 weeks