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Eremurus stenophyllus


Foxtail Lily




Family
Liliaceae
Genus
Eremurus
Species
stenophyllus
Category
Bulbs, Perennials
USDA Hardiness Zone
6b - 7a
Canadian Hardiness Zone
6
RHS Hardiness Zone
H6
Temperature (°C)
-18 -(-4)
Temperature (°F)
-5 - 5
Height
0.5 -1 m
Spread
0.1 - 0.5 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
June
General Description
Tall clump forming perennial.
Landscape
This spectacular foxtail lily makes a bold statement towards the back of a sunny, well-drained border. It's best partnered with late-flowering perennials and tall grasses which help to mask the plant's short lived foliage. They thrive in the sunniest spot in the garden, especially if the base of the plant isn't shaded as this can decrease the number of flowering spikes produced.
Cultivation
Foxtail lilies need to be planted in fertile but well-drained soil with the crown not far below soil level. In September every three to five years carefully lift and divide congested clumps. Replant the strongest crown on a layer of sharp grit, spreading out the roots and covering them with a thin (5cm) layer of soil. In frost-prone areas cover with a dry mulch of fern leaves.
Growth
Medium
ID Characteristic
Star-shaped leaves with small yellow star-shaped flowers on a erect raceme.
Pests
No major issues.
Leaf Description
Blue-green, strap-shaped leaves forming at the base of the plant.
Flower Description
This plant has huge cylindrical cone-shaped flowers that contain hundreds of tiny bell-shaped blossoms which open from bottom to top along the stem. Most often the blossoms occur in either yellow or orange.
Notable Specimens
The A.M. Cuddy Gardens, Strathroy, Ontario, Canada.
Propagation
By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
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