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PlantFiles: Huille, Glory of the Sun
Leucocoryne ixioides

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Leucocoryne (loo-koh-KOR-ry-nee) (Info)
Species: ixioides (iks-ee-OY-deez) (Info)

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the bulb's scales
By scoring the base of the bulb to promote new bulblets
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From bulbils

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ursula On Jun 2, 2007, Ursula from Santiago
Chile (Zone 9b) wrote:

This pretty Glory of the Sun is a bulb forming plant, loves full sun, little water and well-drained nutrient rich soil. When grown from seeds, they can take up to three or four years to bloom. However, adult bulbs will propagate from bulbils as well, so they should be lifted and separated every 4 to 5 years. Good long-lasting cut flower.

Sowing recommendations: during autumn, in a mix of 3 portions compost, two portions sharp river sand and one portion regular garden soil. Cover this mix with a fine layer of sand, distribute the seeds and barely cover them with another layer of sand. They should only be picked one year after sowing to be planted in a definitive place in the garden, containers, etc.

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