Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Foxtail Lily

Eremurus
Thrives in full sun on neutral to very alkaline, fertile, well drained soil ( it is important to not plant to close to other plants which may block sunlight from the foliage ). Propagation is from division after blooming or seed during autumn for the species.
The cut flower stalks make stunning flower arrangements but on most of these look so great in the garden who would want to cut them.
They are best planted in the back of the border or with plants that develop very late in the season. Do not plant annuals close too close to where Eremurus grow in the garden since you risk accidently damaging the roots and loosing the plant.


* historic archive photo

* historic archive photo


Eremurus aitchisonii
Reaches up to 6.5 feet in height, bearing thick, white flower spires.

Eremurus himalaicus ( Himalayan Desert Candle )
A perennial, reaching up to 8 x 2.5 ( rarely over 6 ) feet, that is native from Tajikistan & Afghanistan to the northwest Himalayas; south to Kashmir and northern India.
The linear leaves, up to 36 x 2.5 ( rarely over 24 ) inches, are bright green to blue-green. The foliage is often used as a vegetable in its native range.
The pure white flowers, up to 1.3 inches across, are borne on spikes, up to 32 inches in length, during late spring into early summer.
Hardy zones 5 to 8 in full sun on just about any light, well drained soil. Plant on a slope or a raised bed where winter wetness is a problem.

Eremurus x isabellinus
The hybrids between Eremurus olgae & E. stenophyllus. The foliage clump on these moderately fast growing perennials is usually up to 20 x 24 inches in size, the flower stalks much taller. The fragrant flowers are borne early to mid summer, the plant goes dormant after that. The flowers attract butterflies. Hardy zones 5 to 8 ( protected sites with deep winter mulch recommended north of 7 ) in full sun on light, well drained soil. The flower stalks may need to be staked on windy sites. The bulbs are planted 5 inches deep and 10 inches apart during early autumn.

'Brutus'
Reaches up to 6 feet in height, bearing pure white flowers.

'Cleopatra'
Very vigorous, reaching up to 5.5 feet, with intense deep orange blooms on spikes up to 24 inches in length. It is absolutely stunning in bloom.
The foliage is deep green.

'Emmy Ro'
Reaches up to 7 feet in height, bearing flowers that are bright orange on the outside, pale yellow on the inside.

'Oase'
Reaches up 6 feet, bearing flowers that are pale pink, later fading to yellow.
The foliage is blue-green.

'Pinokkio'
Reaches up to 6 feet, bearing flowers that are deep orange in bud, opening to intense deep yellow.
It is absolutely stunning in bloom.

'Roford'
Reaches up to 5.5 feet, with intense salmon-pink flowers. It is stunning in bloom, especially when mixed with equally tall deep flowers.

'Romance'
Reaches up to 6 feet in height, bearing dense, bright salmon-pink flower plumes.
The flowers appear late spring and are long lasting into early summer.

'Yellow Giant'
Bears broad, intensely deep golden-yellow flower plumes up to 8 ( reports of 10 ) feet in height.

Eremurus olgae
Reaches up to 6.5 feet, this central Asian native bears huge spikes or pale pink flowers during early to mid summer.

Eremurus regelii
Reaches up to 8 feet in height, bearing abundant, reddish-brown flowers on narrow spires during late spring into early summer.
It is native to Uzbekistan.

Eremurus robustus ( Giant Desert Candle )
A perennial, reaching up to 10 x 4 feet, that is native from Turkestan to Afghanistan.
The rough-edged, linear leaves, up to 4 ( rarely over 3.3 ) feet in length, are blue-green.
The very pale pink flowers, up to 1.5 inches across, are borne on large spikes during early summer.
Hardy zones 5 to 8 in full sun, it is more wind and winter moisture tolerant than other Eremurus but still requires a well drained site.

* historic archive photos


Eremurus stenophyllus
A perennial, reaching up to 4 x 2 feet, that is native from Iran to Turkestan.
The linear leaves, up to 12 x 0.5 inches, are hairy, gray-green.
The bright yellow ( later fading to pale orange ) flowers, up to 0.7 inches across, are borne on spikes during early summer.
Hardy zones 5 to 7 in full sun on light, well drained soil.

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