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Foxtail lily

Eremurus robustus

This species produces very tall spires of pale pink flowers with yellow stamens atop leafless stems that puncture vertical space with unmatched elegance.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsEremurus 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. 

CareGrow 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.

PropagationStart 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.

ProblemsSlugs.

  • Genus : Eremurus
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Seed Heads
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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