Leucocoryne – Glory Of The Sun
With a common name like ‘Glory of the Sun’ you get the hint that Leucocoryne likes a hot climate, and this is exactly what these early flowering perennials require. And if you like South American wildflowers, you will love Leucocoryne.
Leucocoryne or ‘Glory of the Sun’ are native to Chile and are suitable to warm climates. Easy to grow they are well suited to the rock garden.
One of the prettiest is Leucocoryne purpurea, mauve flowers marked on each of the six petals with crimson. Foliage is a mid green and best described fine and grass like. Others have blue flowers with a white centre, a good variety is available.
Most varieties have bi coloured flowers and in our climate are easy care. Most will reach around .5 m in height and these are sold as dormant bulbs. They are suited to growing in containers, as long as you have that sunny position.
Species include Leucocoryne andes, vittata and purpurea. The interesting Leucocoryne ixiodes alba is a species with white flowers.
Leucocoryne do best in a well drained position in full sun and will flower in late spring. Leucocoryne are best planted in Autumn. Leucocoryne will also do well in pots. With flowers in spring to early summer.
If you live in an area that experiences heavy frosts they will need some protection to survive.
- Full Sun
- Well drained soil.
- Keep dry over winter. (A raised area in the garden with good drainage is sufficient)
- Fertilise with a liquid seaweed fertiliser as new growth begins.
- Allow plants to die back naturally before tidying up old foliage.
Leucocoryne bulbs are available for sale from the following growers.
395 Lesters Rd Ascot VIC 3364 - phone (03) 53434303
Specialising in beautiful perennials & bulbs including new releases from Europe & USA. Many hardy, rare & difficult to find ‘drought hardy’ plants, quality vegetable & flower seeds.
357 Monbulk Road SILVAN VIC 3795
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470 Monbulk-Silvan Road Monbulk VIC 3793
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