Saturday, December 8, 2012

Foxtail Lily

Eremurus

A genus of perennials, with strap-shaped leaves which die down after the early summer display of starry flowers which are borne on a tall feathery spike.
The Foxtail Lilies prefer a protected sunny sites on fertile, well drained soil that is mulched during the winter. The flower stalks on taller species may need to be staked. The fleshy and brittle roots do not like disturbance, so only old and overcrowded plants should be divided.
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* photo taken on May 2011 in Howard County, MD


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Eremurus elwesii
A very large perennial, reaching a maximum size of 13 x 3.3 ( rarely over 6 ) feet, that is native to grasslands in northern Iran where it is very rare.
The leaves are up to 2 feet in length.
The fragrant flowers are yellowish-green or salmon-pink with a green center.
Hardy zones 4 to 8.

'Albus'
Pure white flowers, otherwise identical.

Eremurus himalayaicus
A vigorous perennial, reaching a maximum size of 10 x 3.3 ( usually under 6 ) feet, that is native to Turkestan.
The leaves, up to 4 feet x 2 inches in size, die down before flowering.
The white flowers are borne on very showy, dense spikes, up to 3 feet x 4 inches, during late spring.
Hardy zones 4 to 8 ( possibly 3 on very protected sites ) in full sun on just about any well drained soil.

Eremurus olgae
A perennial, reaching up to 6.5 x 3.5 feet in size, that is native to Turkestan.
The very showy pink or white flowers are borne during a 2 month period from early to mid summer.
Hardy zones 6 to 9.

Eremurus robusta
A vigorous perennial, reaching a maximum size of 10 x 4 feet, that is native to Turkestan.
The leaves, up to 4 feet x 2 inches in size, die down before flowering. The foliage is bright green at first, turning to blue-green.
The pink flowers are borne on very showy, dense spikes, up to 4 feet in length.
Mature clumps may bear up to 800 flowers on a single stovk.
Much hardier than other species, north to zone 4 or 3. It prefers sandy, well drained so

Eremurus stenophyllus
A perennial, reaching a maximum size of 5 x 3 feet. A single plant may bear up to 12 or more flower spikes at a time.
The slender leaves are up to 12 inches in length.
The yellow ( later deepening to orange ) flowers, up to 1.6 inches across, are borne on spikes up to 18 inches in length, during early summer.
Hardy zones 6 to 9.

Eremurus turkestanicum ( Turkestan Foxtail Lily )
A perennial, reaching a maximum size of 5 x 3 feet, that is native to dry mountain grasslands in central Asia.
The slender leaves form a basal rosette.
The yellowish-green flowers are borne on a tall spike.
Hardy zones 5 to 8 in full sun on very well drained, sandy soils.

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