Foxtail lily

Eremurus stenophyllus

Foxtail lily - Eremurus stenophyllus

Common Name: Foxtail lily
Genus: Eremurus
Species: stenophyllus

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: June & July

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

Stately slender spikes of deep yellow flowers soar above strap shaped bluish-green leaves in early and mid summer. This spectacular foxtail lily makes a bold statement towards the back of a sunny well-drained border. It's best partnered with late-flowering perennials and tall grasses which help to mask the plant's short lived folliage.


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.

  • Goes well with: Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster', Knautia macedonica, Verbena bonariensis, Veronicastrum virginicum f. album, Echinacea purpurea, Miscanthus sinensis 'Nippon'.


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