When in bloom, foxtail lily is a tall, regal perennial that produces feathery spikes of golden yellow flowers in summer. It is native to Central Asia, in countries such as Pakistan and Iran. In the wild, it inhabits dry, rocky slopes in open, sunny areas.
A modest fountain of narrow, gray-green leaves is produced in spring, and the flower show begins in early summer. Each plant produces several tall, leafless stalks topped with a column of tightly packed flower buds that cover the upper third of the stalk. The buds open to show lots of small lily-like flowers, mixed color range. These bloom in sequence from the bottom to the top and attract bees and other pollinators. Small, capsule fruits that turn from green to brown follow the flowers. By mid to late summer the foliage is usually dormant and no longer visible.
This is an excellent perennial for planting in groups. It's tall, light colored flowers shine best against a darker backdrop of foliage. Plant it among other striking tall, early summer bloomers, like tall alliums, for an impressive show. These make glorious cutflowers for impressive table arrangements. Once foxtail lily has finished blooming it offers little in the way of visual interest, so be sure to plant it among ornamentals that offer beauty after it's spent.
Grows well in fertile, sandy, well-drained loam with protection from wind. May need support and in cooler areas the crown should be protected with a dry mulch
Info source: Learn2grow.com
Genus - Eremurus
Species - Stenophyllus
Variety - Mixture
Common name - Cleopatra Needle
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 9
Height - 1,50 m
Spread - 0,50 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil type - Loose, porous, sandy
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Seashore
Bloom season - June - July
Leaf / Flower color - Green / mix
Sow inside from February to April. Germination can be slow.
After sowing, seal the seed container in a polythene bag and leave at +25-+27C for 5-6 weeks, then transfer to a refrigerator (not freezer) for 3 months before returning to warmth.
If the seeds show signs of germinating while in the fridge, remove immediately.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7-8 cm pots. Grow on in a cold frame and plant out the following spring. Space the plants 90 cm apart in full sun.
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