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Eremurus elwesii

Foxtail lily

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Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height2m to 3m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPink, white
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Eremurus elwesii (Foxtail lily). This is an attractive flowering bulb which is ideal for a garden border. The stunning flowering spikes will rise to about 1.2m above the ground. The shoots will appear quite early in the spring so they must be protected from frost damage with a mulch.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

Asia

Interest and use

Border, cutting bed, fragrance. Spring interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy and will require a sunny warm position with well drained soil. Provide a covering of dry bracken in late winter to protect the crowns when shoots are first developing. Stake tall species and hybrids.

Propagation

Plant your crowns in the autumn about 4 inches below the soil surface. Roots are extremely brittle, so take care when planting and do not disturb once you have planted them.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to slug damage.

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