Eremurus (Foxtail Lily; Desert Candle)

Eremurus, commonly known as Foxtail Lily, is a genus of about 50 species of deciduous perennials in the family Asphodelaceae, native to Europe and temperate Asia.
Foxtail Lilies bloom from spring to midsummer, producing dense clusters of small star-shaped flowers on tall, erect stems. Their spectacular, rich, tall and slender clusters make them one of the most attractive bulbous plants that will add height and interest to the borders.

Name meaning

Eremurus is a symbol of endurance.

Eremurus symbolism

The genus name is derived from the Greek words “ekemos” (“solitary”) and “oura” (“tall”).

Interesting facts about Eremurus

Eremurus Hybrids

The first hybrids were produced by Sir Michael Foster in the beginning of 20th century.
The hybrids are tall and strong, ranging in color from white and yellow to pink and purple.

Their Native Habitat

This genus is still relatively unknown due to the fact that these plants come from a part of the world that’s both difficult to reach and from areas that have had a long history of conflict. They thrive in arid conditions of Afghanistan and the Hindu Kush, where conflicts are often severe and frequent.
Many species have been described, but only a few have ever been grown in gardens.


Eremurus Plant Data