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Eremurus robustus, LIGHT PINK FOXTAIL LILY MED CROWN
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Location: Lebanon, OR
Started : 12/27/2009 10:45:20 PM
Ended: 1/12/2010 9:04:07 PM
Seller: growingcrazy (215)
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DESCRIPTION

Eremurus robustus, PINK FOXTAIL LILY, DESERT CANDLE

Light pink blooming spikes 5-7 feet tall! This one blooms in late spring/early summer from a basal rosette of gray-green strap shaped leaves about 1 foot long. The blooms are a light pink on spikes that may be 3 feet of solid bloom on a stem that is over 6 feet tall! These make excellent cut-flowers. Show-stopping specimen plants, and accent plants in rock gardens. This one has such tall blooms that heavy rains and wind can cause it to bend over. These need lots of room, good drainage, and are very drought tolerant. They will take some watering, be sure to dry them off in late summer. These go dormant in late summer and need no water after that. Plant 2-3 inches deep, do not get mulch directly on the crown or it will rot. Crowns have wide spreading, shallow roots, plant in a sunny spot, where soil will not be disturbed for a 3 foot diameter area. These are vigorous and have no serious pest problems, we get leaf spots due to our wet springs, but the blooms are seldom bothered by anything, great plant for honeybees.

Foxtail Lily or Desert Candle is one of those outstanding plants that should be grown more than it is. Though a little picky about location-(you MUST provide excellent drainage and full sun), it is worth finding the right spot for it. They will grow on clay soils with good drainage, as well as sandy and gravelly soils.

A member of the Lily family, it doesn't resemble a lily at all, hundreds of bell-like flowers are massed along 4-5 foot spires that bloom in late spring/summer. The dark green rosettes of leaves will fade away during summer, so it is wise to plant something else along the base, this will help mark where it is, so you won't disturb the roots later in the season.

Most Eremurus is imported from out of the country and sold in the spring, the roots are cut back and the crowns are heat treated to meet import requirements. They are not happy with that treatment and are of poor quality, and often DOA. Ours are hand planted, field grown, hand dug, roots will not be pruned off, although they are brittle and break easily.

These need lots of room, good drainage, and are very drought tolerant. They will take some watering, dry off in mid-summer, continued water will cause the crowns to rot. Plant 2-3 inches deep, do not get mulch directly on the crown or it will rot. Crowns have wide spreading, shallow roots, plant where soil will not be disturbed for 2-3 feet around them.

The flower spike is produced from a fleshy rooted crown with a central growing point. The tuberous roots fan out in all directions from the central point.

Hardiness Rating: ZONES 6 - 9, may be hardier than this and they do well with mulch


1 MED CROWN, BUD SIZE IS 3/4 - 1 INCH IN DIAMETER. SHIPPED AUGUST - SPRING, SPRING PLANTED EREMURUS MAY NOT BLOOM THE FIRST YEAR, IT PREFERS A FALL/WINTER PLANTING TIME.


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