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Desert candle

Eremurus spp.

Also known as

Foxtail lily

Eremurus stenophyllus 2015-07-01 3762 by Salicyna (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

45cm

70cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of some Eremurus flowers on a plant
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Desert candle Overview

Eremurus is a genus with around 60 deciduous, clumping, perennials with fleshy roots, also termed Foxtail Lilies or Desert Candles. Originating from Eastern Europe and Asia they produce tall, bottlebrush-like inflorescences made up of many small cup-shaped flowers on bare stems. Common colours include white, yellow, orange and pink. The flowers tend to open from the base upwards, creating a pointed effect to the tip of the flower spike.

Common problems with Desert candle

How to propagate Desert candle

Division

Divide after flowering

Seed

Special features of Desert candle

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Desert candle

Grown for their stately spires of shallowly cup-shaped flowers in summer.