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Foxtail Lily

Eremurus

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 three weeks and are as beautiful in a border as they are in a bouquet.

Plant eremurus in the fall in locations with full sun. Place bulbs in rich soil, amended with sphagnum peat moss and compost or manure, 4-6 inches deep and 1-2 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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From 3 to 20 feet

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How To Grow Eremurus

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Top Varieties

Foxtail Lily

The Eremurus x 'Shelfordii' is a widely-available hybrid, and it is also the most colorful. Blooming in pastel shades of pink, yellow, orange, and peach, these hybrids are shorter than other varieties but still incredible back-of-the-border bloomers, reaching 4-5 feet tall.

Giant desert candle

As the species name implies, the Eremurus robustus grows a robust 8-9 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.

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