Foxtail Lilies (Eremurus) are quite a breathtaking sight with their flower clusters rising high on imposing stalks - towering up to 8 feet (240 cm) above the ground - making them one of the most spectacular bulbous plants. The name of this genus comes from 'ekemos' meaning 'solitary' and 'oura' meaning 'tall'. All of the several dozen species originated in Asia.
- Long, sturdy, round flower spires develop from the leaf rosette starting in early to mid summer. The slender flower clusters are richly covered with hundreds of tiny white, yellow, pink or orange blossoms and are fragrant. Since the leaves of the plant wither back during the flowering period, make sure that the tuberous rootstocks are planted among ground covers that will provide added attractiveness.
- Thriving in full sun, in rich and well-drained soils, they are drought tolerant, deer and critter resistant.
- Spectacular in front of a dark background, at the back of the border or as cut flowers! Plant in groups of 5 minimum for best visual impact.
- Plant in early fall (in mild climates) or in the spring (cold climates) in a sheltered location to protect your Eremurus from strong winds. Although the tubers tare winter hardy, a mulch layer is highly recommended.
- Provide consistent moisture during the growing season and do not allow soils dry out. After flowering, you may reduce watering.