Eremurus or Foxtail Lily

Eremurus, commonly called desert candle or foxtail lily, is a robust perennial that features giant, upright, cylindrical flower spires (terminal racemes to 3-4' long) of fragrant, densely-packed, flowers (each flower to 1.5" wide).

Each flower spire purportedly resembles a giant fox tail or giant candle. Flowers bloom in late spring to early summer (June-July)


Grow in organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Plants perform well in sandy loams. Good drought tolerance. Avoid unamended clay soils. Starfish-shaped rootstock consists of a central crown from which fleshy tapering roots spread outward.

Plant each crown 2-3” deep over a mound of soil, carefully spreading the finger-like roots over the mound as one would plant a bare root rose. Space 2-3’ apart.

Best planted in early fall. Soils must be well-drained or root rot may occur. Best in locations protected from strong winds because of the height of the flower spike. Tall stalks should be staked.

Winter mulch will help protect tuberous roots and help prevent damage to young foliage in spring from late frosts.


In years where late frosts occur, additional steps should be taken to protect the young foliage (e.g., cover with waste basket or cardboard box). Foliage goes dormant in summer after bloom. Reduce soil moisture as dormancy occurs. Plants may be divided every 3-4 years.



Hardiness zone: 5 to 8

Bloom Time: June to July

Sun: Full sun

Flower: Showy, Fragrant, Good Cut

Tolerate: Drought




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