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Eremurus (Foxtail Lily) Shelford
Eremurus (Foxtail Lily) Shelford

Eremurus (Foxtail Lily) Shelford

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This foxtail lily is a very showy garden plant, from a selected strain of pink-blooming specimens. Full spikes of florets open gradually, bottom to top into tall spires of color. Very impressive in the garden or in cut bouquets. Clump-formers.
Botanical name: Eremurus
Form: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 5-7
Flower Color: Pink
Foliage Type: bluish-green grass-like leaves
Bloom time: July
Height: 4 ft 
Spread: 12-24 inches
Light requirements: Full sun 
Plant depth: 2-3 inches of soil over root 

See "Growing Tips" for more detailed instructions
Tips and Growing Instructions

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The common names of this plant, foxtail lilies and desert candles, describe the appearance of the flower spikes, bushy like the animal's tail, and the preferred types of environments, sunny and dry. These names are often more easily remembered than the botanical one, eremurus. Whatever you call these tall, dramatic perennials, they are outstanding plants for warm weather gardens.

Find a location where the soil drains well. If there are still water puddles 5-6 hours after a hard rain, scout out another site. While foxtail lilies aren't fussy about soil, they will not survive in soggy soil or standing water. Site your foxtail lilies where they will receive full sun. These plants will grow in light shade but develop much stronger stems in bright sunlight.

Gently tuck your eremurus roots into a hole that is 5 to 6" deep and 10-12" across, fanning them out and pointing them slightly downwards. Space plants about a foot apart. Plant carefully as the roots can break if not handled gently.

After planting, water well, gently soaking the soil and settling it around the roots. Root growth will begin in the fall.

When in bloom, feel free to cut the dramatic, long lasting flower stalks for striking bouquets. Here's your chance to use that gorgeous, tall vase you were given as a gift!

After blooming has finished for the season feel free to trim off the flower spikes but leave the foliage in place. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulb for the future. By mid summer the leaves will yellow and die back as the plant slips into dormancy. Foliage may be removed at this point. Marking the spot with a small stake is recommended to ensure that the roots are not disturbed. Fresh growth will appear again in late fall or spring, depending on the zone where you gardening cycle.


Sorry, we do not ship outside the U.S. or to Hawaii due to agricultural restrictions.

We guarantee safe arrival of healthy bulbs, that varieties will be true-to-name, and will grow if planted as instructed, subject to the limitations described in our Shipping and Returns Policy.

We begin shipping our bulbs in mid-February through Spring. Despite what you may have heard, Spring planting of bulbs is not a bad thing, and in fact, there are many advantages to planting in Spring. Visit our Spring Planting page to learn more. Upon arriving, your bulbs and most of your perennials may show signs of growth such as green leaves and sprouts - this is okay and transportation during this time should not harm the plants.

All bulbs and perennials should be planted in your garden as soon as possible to ensure the best success. If you must delay planting, open the bags to permit air circulation and place them out of direct sunlight in a cool, well-ventilated room. Do not place the bulbs where they can freeze. If you have the space, storing the bulbs in the refrigerator is another excellent way to “hold them” prior to planting. If you choose this method of storing your bulbs, be sure not to store fruit with them, as this is detrimental to bulbs.

Plant outdoors when the ground is no longer frozen and the conditions have improved for your zone.

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