Alstroemeria, sometimes called the Inca lily, was originally found growing wild in Peru, Brazil and Chile. In the 18th century the flower was brought to Europe by the Swedish botanist Claas Alstroemer. Botanically speaking the Alstroemeria is a member of the Amaryllis family. Breeding and propagation has led to the varieties produced in Belgium and the Netherlands becoming stronger and more colourful. The plant is grown and harvested all year round.