Leucocoryne, Glory of the Sun 'Andes'

Leucocoryne purpurea

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Leucocoryne (loo-koh-KOR-ry-nee) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Andes



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Dark Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Marcos, California

Tangent, Oregon

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 13, 2008, buggycrazy from spokane valley, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a great little bulb for container culture. These bulbs require several weeks (16) of hot (70F+), dry conditions in order to break dormancy and grow, most bulbs obtained by mail order will not grow due to this and may have to be stored very warm and dry for a few weeks until they start to push a shoot, or they may take another year before they will grow. Here in the west where we have hot, dry summers they do very well planted in the spring and allowed to bake in the summer. Store the bulbs inside (warm and dry) over the winter.


On May 18, 2006, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

I bought these Glory of the Sun aka Leucocoryne because a Google search revealved that they are fragrant.

As the Seattle area has relatively mild winters (7b or 8b), am hoping that they will thrive.

Certainly are pretty.


On Feb 23, 2003, Baa wrote:

A perennial cultivar.

Has long, linear, mid - grey green leaves. Bears blue violet flowers with a deep reddish purple centre. The whole plant smells of onion of garlic especially on hot days.

Flowers between April-June

Needs a well drained soil in full sun, added grit is advisable as the bulbs will rot if they get too wet for too long.

This isn't a new cultivar depsite the catalogue's claims, it also doesn't do well outside in areas that have long springs and or cold winters. It's best grown in a greenhouse or alpine house. If you do grow it outside the bulbs may need lifting prior to late Autumn and kept indoors.

Unlikely to come true from seed