Foxtail lily

Eremurus × isabellinus 'Obelisk'

Foxtail lily - Eremurus × isabellinus  'Obelisk'

Common Name: Foxtail lily
Genus: Eremurus
Species: isabellinus
Cultivar: 'Obelisk'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: A good architectural plant

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Magnificent spires emerge in early spring forming elegant slender shafts of colour. Growing from a bulb and hailing from dry rocky mountain sides this elegant perennial will thrive in a sunny well-drained border. Because of its striking upright habit it is ideal for creating vertical interest in mixed borders - it also associates well in prairie style planting schemes. The tiny flowers of this cultivar are white with pale green markings.

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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