Eremurus stenophyllus

foxtail lily bulbs

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, sandy, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June and July
  • Flower colour: dark yellow
  • Other features: strap shaped, bluish green leaves
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Soaring, slender spikes of dark yellow flowers in early and midsummer rising above strap shaped, bluish-green leaves. This spectacular foxtail lily is perfect for creating a bold statement in a sunny, well-drained border. The yellow flowers open from the base of the spike and darken as they age, creating a two-tone effect. It's best partnered with other late spring flowering perennials and tall grasses which help to mask the plant's short lived foliage.

    Foxtail lilies need to be planted in fertile but well-drained soil with the crown not far below soil level. They start to grow in late winter and spring, gathering their strength before they produce their towering flower spikes in summer. Each flower spike has hundreds of flowers which open from the bottom upwards, creating a stunning effect. 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.

  • Garden care: 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/2in) layer of soil. In frost-prone areas cover with a dry mulch of fern leaves.

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  • Q:

    I would like to grow Eremurus (Foxtail Lily). I know that "true lilies" are very toxic to cats. Does the Foxtail Lily fall into this group.

    Thank you
    Asked on 3/22/2013 by sunnyside from Epsom

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      I'm afraid I am no expert on what may be poisonous to cats, it is my understanding that it is the pollen of Lilium sp. (lilies) that cats are toxic to, and these plants are very different to Eremurus (foxtail lilies). I have however had a look on the following link and did not see Eremurus listed as being toxic to cats, so I suspect they are fine, although you may want to check with your vet just in case.

      Answered on 3/22/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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    Can you help me ID a tall, single stemed, ivory flowering plant with spiky leaves?

    Hi, Can you help? I'm trying to identify a plant I've seen recently. It would probably be described as architectural as it's a magnificent tall plant with a single stem, that has green spiky leaves all around the base of the plant. It has a single upright stem (about 3 ft high) with a cream multi-flowered head (a bit like delphinium in proportion of the stem covered by flowers). Where the flower heads cover the main stem, the flower coverage is wider at the bottom than the top so the flowering part has a cone-shape. The long spiky green leaves are around the base of the plant only and look a bit like an exotic plant i.e. a bit like some palms and the plant seems to be evergreen. I know the plant is available in England as I saw it some months ago on the internet but omitted to jot down it's name. Any ideas?! And do you stock it if you can identify it? Kind regards. Peter
    Asked on 10/3/2009 by Peter Parramore

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