What is Leucocoryne?
Leucocoryne (Leucocoryne spp.) is a flowering bulbous perennial that flowers in late Spring. Part of the Amaryllidaceae family, it is native to Chile and likes a hot climate. Leucocoryne is a small genus of about 12 species. Some of the names that they go by are Glory of the Sun, Purpurea, Vittata and Andes. Most varieties have bi coloured sweetly scented flowers. The flowers appear on steams that rise above the plant. They are shaped like a 6 pointed star with the shades of white, blue and mauve petals which surrounds a center of either yellow, white or crimson. The foliage is mild green grass like leaves. Leucocoryne grow best in a full sun position with well draining soil. If you live in an area that experiences heavy frosts then they will need some protection to survive. The bulbs cope well in dry conditions
Benefits of Growing Leucocoryne
Leucocoryne are sweetly scented flowers that look great when planted in rockeries, pots or the front of garden beds. They make wonderful cut flowers.
How to Grow Leucocoryne
Cool to Mid tropical
Height: 30-45cm, Width: 10cm
When To Plant Leucocoryne
Plant in Autumn.
They prefer well drained soil. Prepare your soil by mixing through well broken down animal manure or compost prior to planting.
How To Plant Leucocoryne
Plant in full sun, 5-7cm apart with the bulb at a depth of 5cm under the soil surface.
Leucocoryne Plant Care
Water to establish and keep moist during the active growing period. Keep relatively dry during dormancy.
Allow plants to die back naturally before tidying up old foliage.
They prefer to be left in the ground for many years without being disturbed. If the do need to be moved or separated then that is best done in Autumn.