PlantFiles is getting a new look! Just in time for spring, we're rolling out a new look for the best online plants database. It will also work with your smart phones and mobile devices, so now you can take it with you on garden center visits or botanical garden tours. Questions or comments? Please post them here.

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

Gardeners' Notes:


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.