Definition of Lily of the Incas
1. Noun. An Andean herb having umbels of showy pinkish-purple lily-like flowers.
Group relationships: Genus Alstroemeria
Generic synonyms: Alstroemeria
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Literary usage of Lily of the Incas
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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"During a voyage to Spain he noticed a native Peruvian plant known in Peru as the lily of the Incas, at the Swedish ..."
2. Gray's School and Field Book of Botany: Consisting of "Lessons in Botany by Asa Gray (1887)
"A. Pelegrina, lily of the Incas, from Peru. Flowers few or solitary .t the end of the branches, open, rose-colored or whitish, blotched with pink »nd ..."
3. Travels in South America: From the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean by Paul Marcoy (1875)
"... blossomed one of those alstroemerias which European horticulturists improperly call the lily of the Incas,1 and of which the variety tomentosa, ..."
4. The English Flower Garden and Home Grounds: Design and Arrangement Shown by by William Robinson (1907)
"It is called the lily of the Incas. A. peregrina is synonymous. Other good kinds are the hardy variable-coloured A. versicolor (A. p?ru- viana) and St. ..."
5. Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and Their Practical Application by Luther Burbank, John Whitson, Robert John, Henry Smith Williams, Luther Burbank Society (1914)
"Among the most interesting of these crosses was one in which the so-called Lily of the Incas (Alstroemeria—not a true lily, having no bulb), ..."
6. The English Flower Garden: Design, Arrangement and Plans Followed by a by William Robinson (1895)
"When well grown it is a fine pot plant, compact, and crowned with almost pure white flowers. It is called the lily of the Incas. A. peregrina is synonymous. ..."