Foxtail lily

Eremurus robustus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Foxtail lily (Eremurus robustus)
Genus:  Eremurus
This species produces very tall spires of pale pink flowers with yellow stamens atop leafless stems that puncture vertical space with unmatched elegance.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Eremurus provide a powerful atmosphere of enchantment and beauty in a sunny border. Their individual florets open from the base and continue upward, exposing conspicuous stamens along a beautiful column. The effect is particularly dramatic when lit from behind. 
Care:  Grow in fertile, sandy soil in full sun, and protect from strong winds. Plant crowns 4-6 inches deep and carefully spread the roots over a mound of soil. Mulch plants when young.
Propagation:  Start seed in a cold frame in fall or start indoors at 59°F in late winter. Alternatively, plants can be divided after flowering, but care must be taken with the brittle roots.
Problems:  Slugs.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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