Eremurus bulbs for sale! – Foxtail lily

Eremumus variaties look absolutely stunning in larger gardens. The largest Eremurus variety, Eremurus Robustus, is one of the tallest flower bulbs known to man and can grow up to 2,5 meters tall! Eremurus, also known as Foxtail lilies, are hardy perennials belonging to the lily family. They have graceful flowering spires in different colours. Eremurus bulbs are not difficult to grow, however, they don’t like wet feet. For the best results, plant Eremurus bulbs in rich well drained soils and bright sunlight.

Plant Eremurus bulbs, definitely a dramatic statement in any garden

With her grassy leaves and tall willowy blooming spires, Eremurus is a real eye catcher. Planted in front of the border, they certainly make a dramatic statement. Yellow flowering Eremurus combines beautifully with pink lilies, dahlia’s, pampas grass and broader leaved evergreen shrubs. For more toned down combinations, think of planting white flowering Eremurus with Madonna Lilies and perennial geraniums.

Eremurus plants

Eremurus bulbs for sale online?

Eremurus bulbs for sale online at Garden Centre Koeman. Are you looking for a stunning and unusual statement plant for your garden? Then Eremurus is the way to go. Eremurus (also known as Foxtail lily or Desert Candle) is a tall garden perennial, with beautiful flower spires in shades of white, pink, red and orange. It flowers earlier than foxgloves and delphiniums and is an ideal plant for placement at the back of your flower border. Eremurus looks especially beautiful planted in large groups. Plant at least three plants to create that extra bit of drama we all look and long for. Buy your high quality Eremurus bulbs online at Garden Centre Koeman.

Eremurus bulbs care

Eremurus is a low maintenance perennial and easy to care for. A true statement plant, the bulbs are ideal for planting in larger gardens. They can grow as high as 2,5 metres! Plant Eremurus bulbs in autumn (October to April) in a sunny location. Eremurus bulbs prefer well-drained, yet never dry, soil. Eremurus will flower for approximately three weeks and combines beautifully with roses, grasses, hardy geraniums and euphorbia. It can be grown as a cut flower and is much loved by bees and butterflies. The plant self seeds easily. If you wish your plants to self-seed, leave the flower spikes on the plant after flowering. Allow the plant to die back naturally. Provide added mulch to protect the plant during the winter months. Please read and follow the growing instructions provided with Eremurus bulbs for best growing results. It contains all the information you need on planting and flowering time.

Buy Eremurus bulbs online?

Eremurus bulbs are for sale via our online webshop. You can choose between the stunning white flowering variety or the beautiful and very popular multi-colour flower bulb combination. To buy, simply click on the ‘Add to cart’ button and then select the ‘Checkout’ option to complete your order. You will receive your Eremurus bulbs within a couple of days, delivered to you by Royal Mail, ready to plant and enjoy. Buy your high quality and very affordable Eremurus bulbs online at Garden Centre Koeman. Happy gardening !

How to grow foxtail lilies

Position so that the crown of the plant is above the soil and never cover the crown with a mulch.

Propagation of eremurus

Eremurus will self-seed if happy. These seedlings can be lifted and replanted. If you wish to collect the seed avoid deadheading until the autumn and collect the seed when ripe on a dry day. Once seed has been sown in trays or pots of seed compost leave them in a cold frame to germinate.

Plants can also be divided after flowering but leave this until plants have been in place for a few years.

Foxtail lilies: problem solving

Eremurus are trouble-free plants if grown in a well-drained soil. They dislike being moved. Roots are fleshy and brittle so when lifted ensure you use a garden fork and don’t be tempted to pull plants – dig all the way round and then gently remove the soil.

Looking after eremurus

If grown in the right place the care of eremurus is very minimal. If you would rather plants didn’t set seed deadhead just after flowers have faded. If seedlings are required leave the flower spike standing until October. Plant supports will only be required in a windy spot.

Plants will appreciate the application of a general-purpose fertiliser in spring.


How to get the best flowers

Eremurus are native to western and central Asia. This explains why plants require a position in full sun and a cold snap in winter in order to encourage the best flowers.

Eremurus isabellinus ‘Romance’

Varieties to try

  • Eremurus robustus – the largest of the genus with thick flower spikes in June. Pinky flowers on spikes of 1.8m
  • Eremurus stenophyllus – warm yellow flowers from June to July on spikes 1.5m
  • Eremurus himalaicus – white flowers that appear slightly earlier than other types. Reaches 1.5m
  • Eremurus x isabellinus – pinky/orange flowers in June or July. Reaches a height of 1.5m
  • Eremurus x isabellinus ‘Romance’ (pictured) – pale pink flowers in July. Reaches a height of 1.5m


Native to western and central Asia, these imposing lily relatives have spirelike flowering stems that look great in bulb catalogs. Unfortunately, they’re difficult to grow well in most of the South. They need long, cold winters, which we seldom haveand they require absolutely perfect drainage. When these conditions are met, however, the results are spectacular. Not browsed by deer.

Flower spikes stand 39 feet tall. Spaced closely along the upper third to half of the spike are bell-shaped, 14- to 1 inches-wide flowers in white, yellow, pink, or orange. Rosettes of strap-shaped basal leaves appear in early spring, then wither after summer bloom. Magnificent in large borders against a background of dark green foliage, wall, or solid fence. Dramatic in arrangements; cut when lowest flowers on spike have opened.

eremurus himalaicus

  • To 67 feet tall, with white flowers.
  • Leaves to 1 feet long.

eremurus x

  • isabellinus.
  • Likely best known in this group are Shelford hybrids, 45 feet tall, with blossoms in mixed colors (white, yellow, pink, orange).
  • Cleopatra is a 3- to 6 feet-tall, orange-and-red selection of the Ruiter hybrids, a Dutch strain featuring bright, clear flower colors.

eremurus robustus

  • To 69 feet tall, with pink flowers lightly veined in brown.
  • Dense basal rosettes of leaves to 2 feet long.

eremurus stenophyllus

  • To 35 feet tall, with bright yellow flowers aging to orange-brown.
  • Leaves to 1 feet long.

Handle the thick, brittle roots carefully; they tend to rot when bruised or broken. Plant them in rich, fast-draining soil, setting crown just below surface in Lower South, 46 inches deep in Upper and Middle South. Space roots 24 feet apart. When leaves die down, mark spot; don’t disturb roots. Don’t let soil dry out completely during dormancy. Provide winter mulch in Upper South. Stake tall flower spikes.

Foxtail Lily

In early June, Eremurus (er-e-MEW-rus), perhaps the most spectacular bulbous plant of them all, takes its rightful place, center stage, in the English Walled Garden. Eremurus, commonly known as foxtail lily or desert candle, is a member of the lily family. Not a true bulb but a tuberous root, it stores its food in fleshy, starfish-shaped roots, not in stem or leaf tissue as with true bulbs. In early spring, straplike leaves emerge and form a rosette at the base of the plant.

The impressive flower stalks can reach to 9 feet (E. elwesii and E. robustus) with hundreds of dense ¾- to 1-inch white, pink, yellow, orange, or brown bell-like flowers that cover the top half of the tapering spike but bloom from the bottom up. The long-lasting flowers, which should be protected from strong winds, are showiest when planted against dark backgrounds such as evergreens.

Plant Eremurus tubers in September in full sun and rich, well-draining soil. Supplement the soil with rotted compost or manure. To plant, open a 15-inch wide hole 6 inches deep in the prepared site. Pull up a shallow cone of soil in the middle. To improve drainage, add an inch or two of coarse sand before spreading the roots out over the cone. Cover with 4 to 6 inches of soil. Because Eremurus resents being disturbed, do not divide or transplant it unless absolutely necessary.

Although hardy to Zone 5, Eremurus needs a heavy winter mulch of well-rotted manure, compost, or straw. Add a heap of evergreen branches over each crown. Remove the mulch in early spring as growth resumes, leaving it beside the plants until all danger of frost has passed, so the tender shoots can be covered on cold nights.

Of the 40 species of Eremurus, four are commercially available: E. himalaicus grows to 4 feet with dense, pure white racemes and 18-inch straplike leaves; E. robustus is enormous, with 8- to 10-foot pink or white flower spikes and 4-foot leaves; E. stenophyllus is a dwarf species with 24- to 36-inch primrose yellow flowers and l-foot leaves; and E. x isabellinus is a hybrid of E. olgae and E. stenophyllus and includes the Ruiter and Shelford hybrids that are popular with Chicago gardeners.

When well-sited with good soil preparation, and with some loving care on frosty spring nights, Eremurus can be a long-lived showstopper in any garden.

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