Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Community favorite: Jazze purple rose

Published: Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 - 8:52 pm

This is one part in a weekly series featuring UC Davis Community Favorites, 75 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region and recommended by local gardeners.

Jazze purple rose

Alstroemeria hybrida

Size: Under 2 feet tall

Bloom season: Spring, summer and early fall

Exposure: Partial shade

Pruning needs: Little or none

Water needs: Once established, water deeply once a week

Snapshot: Easy care and prolific, this showy Peruvian lily hybrid, introduced by Pan American Seed, offers plenty of large purple-rose flowers from spring through October. The flowers tend to fade if grown in full Sacramento sun, but this lily loves a spot with a little afternoon shade. This is a great pick for cut flowers, too. You can see specimens in the arboretum's Chilean collection on the UC Davis campus.

Why it's a Favorite:"Puts on amazing show in our front yard in spring and early summer – then comes back for a small encore in late summer and fall," said UC Davis Vice Chancellor John Meyer. "This performer shines without much help from the director – my kind of actor!"

• For more on the Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars, click on http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

See a photo gallery of the Community Favorites online at www.sacbee.com/home_garden.

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