Eremurus

The first tall bloomer of the season, this flower is beautiful in borders.


The towering spires of eremurus, also called foxtail lily, appear in mid-spring. Although an underused bulb, eremurus makes a spectacular statement when planted in groups of four to six at the back of a border or bed.

Eremurus blooms in white, pink, yellow, orange, and peach. At home in any perennial border, eremurus is the first tall bloomer (up to 9 feet) of the season and makes way for later tall perennials such as delphiniums and foxgloves. Blooms last about 3 weeks and are as beautiful in a border as they are in a bouquet.

Learn more about other beautiful bulbs, including galanthus.

Latin Name: Eremurus robustus Common Name: Foxtail lily Zone: 4-7 Description: As the species name implies, this robust eremurus grows 8 to 9 feet tall, making it the tallest species of eremurus. Its light pink, clustered blooms add spring color to perennial borders and beds. Plant 4 inches deep with 12 inches between bulbs.

Latin Name: Eremurus x 'Shelfordii' Common Name: Foxtail lily Zone: 4-7 Description: These widely available hybrids also are the most colorful. Blooming in pastel shades of pink, yellow, orange, and peach, they are shorter than other varieties but still incredible back-of-the-border bloomers at 4 to 5 feet tall.

Learn more about foxtail lily.

Location: Full sun When to plant: Fall General Instructions: Place bulbs in rich soil, amended with sphagnum peat moss and compost or manure, 4 to 6 inches deep and 1 to 2 feet apart. Mulch with compost, especially in colder climates, to ensure hardiness. In the early spring, remove the mulch after frost no longer is a danger. After the blooms are gone in late spring, allow the foliage to wither and brown.

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