Leucocoryne are a little-known tender bulb native to Chile and the Andes Mountains. The bulbs should be planted 2 inches deep and around 3 inches apart and they are ideal for rock gardens and containers. They are planted in the spring and bloom in the early to mid-summer. Their foliage is narrow, almost grass-like and the saucer-shaped flowers will last for several weeks. Each stem yields clusters of 6-9 blooms which have a striking appearance as well as a beautiful fragrance. The flowers are usually bi-colored and as an added bonus the plant is deer-resistant.
Photo: Sheila Burrow and The Pacific Bulb Society