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Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Eremurus - Foxtail Lily

Steppenkerzen Eremurus LuberaIn order to get an idea of ​​what foxtail lilies (Eremurus) look like, the name does give you a clue! Like foxes brushes, they like to stick out of grassy banks.

Desert Candle

Eremurus robustus

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Desert Candle 'Cleopatra'

Eremurus 'Cleopatra'

£2.20 *

Desert Candle 'Ruiter-Hybriden'

Eremurus 'Ruiter-Hybriden'

£2.20 *


More useful information about Eremurus - Foxtail Lily

But in many other garden situations, they are also an impressive eye-catcher.

The shoots show in early spring, similar to asparagus spears, from the ground and grow with beautifully arranged foliage high in the air. And all this is from a relatively small rhizome, which, once set in the garden soil, forms marvellous rhizomes, which look like the shape of starfish. Even more impressive is the sight when several different species are planted together, which stage a true colour spectacle from white and orange to pink or yellow on the garden beds. Incidentally, after blossoming between May and June, this plant retreats inconspicuously back into the ground to gather its strength there for the new garden year.

For Attractive Displays And Extravagant Bouquets

The Latin name of this stately plant from the lily family (Liliaceae) can be derived from the Greek 'eremos' (for single) and 'oura' (for tail). The genus today includes around 40 species worldwide, but only three to four of them are easily available. The most beautiful varieties with the most magnificent flowers you can currently buy from the Lubera online shop. But which desert candle species are recommended in this country? Eremurus robustus - the foxtail lily is one of the most prominent representatives of this species, enchanting with its abundant single flowers in rich peach pink, which turn into a bright white at the end of the season, and comes in plant heights of between 200 and 250 centimetres. With the Eremurus 'Ruiter hybrids' we present a very vigorous desert candle variety whose flowers shine in a rich orange-yellow, while the dark red striped petals provide a wonderful contrast. Growing only 120 to 150 centimetres, this comparatively small variety is ideal for creating attractive displays and even as an extravagant cut flower in a vase. The bee-friendly Eremurus isabellinus 'Cleopatra' shows up on the summery flowerbed in the most beautiful orange, grows up to 150 centimetres high and is suitable as a bedding plant as well as for the planting in the rustic rock garden. The candle-shaped flowers of this variety grow on very long tapers and are particularly pollen and nectar-rich during the summer. Individually or planted in a trio, these three varieties form an impressive backdrop on each perennial border and set wonderful accents in colour-coordinated borders.

Which Location Is Favourable For The Eremurus?

Steppenkerze Eremurus pixabayThese plants are excellent as solitary perennials and unfold their imposing appearance planted in smaller groups most convincing. These plants prefer a place in the sun and in well-drained soil. Problem soils are easily loosened up with a bit of sand or coarse compost deposited over a long period of time. When planting desert candles, we recommend a pit about 15 centimetres deep, which is covered on the ground with an approximately finger-thick layer of sand. Then the starfish rhizomes are gently spread flat, and the pit is filled with soil. Depending on the height of growth, a distance between 50 and 100 centimetres is recommended for a planned multiple planting. The ideal flowering season begins in September and extends into November so that the heyday of the desert candles can start punctually from May of next year. And this splendour will be all the more beautiful, the better the harmony between plants is. Good neighbours, who also do not miss their unusually beautiful look in the community, are pink to red peonies, blue larkspur and not to forget the fire-red poppy. While these plants survive, even enjoy, full and full-day sun without complaint, they do not like the strong and persistent wind at all. In extreme cases, the large flower stems can easily break, so that a better-protected place in the garden should be selected as the location, such as near the house walls or another suitable masonry, otherwise supporting the plants will help.

How Hard Is It To Look After These Plants?

If the soil conditions are right, these plants need very little care. If they are growing in wet soil, it is recommended to remove the root star from the soil around the end of July and store it for a few weeks in complete dryness. In September, the rhizomes of the foxtail lilies can then be returned to the soil.

We advise against using a mulch, as used for other spring bloomers. There is a risk of the plants starting to sprout much too soon, so your desert candle could easily fall prey to the frost. In order to reach their stately size and to form this variety of beautiful flower clusters, these plants need a lot of power, therefore, regular fertiliser applications in the spring are required. Although these plants are regarded as very stable and robust plants on which hardly any significant pest infestation or disease-related damage patterns are manifested, some precautionary measures should nevertheless be taken into account during cultivation:

Due to their brittleness, the star-shaped root tubers with their corpulent peduncle approach in the middle should be planted with a bit of tact to prevent unintentional damage. This also means that in heavy soils, a sand bed should be prepared in the planting hole.

Excessive humidity is the main enemy of this plant, originally native to Central and Central Asia, which has its ideal habitat on well-drained soils.

Protect the frost-resistant plants in winter with an insulating protective layer of straw or fern. Fertilisation and winter protection at the same time with a few shovels of compost, with which the root area is covered generously, is advisable around the late autumn.

Bear in mind when designing the garden that every planting of the desert candle can trigger a more or less long flowering break in the plants. Therefore, a violation of the roots, which could possibly simulate transplantation of the plant, must be avoided.

What Should Be Considered In The Propagation Of Foxtail Lilies?

Like most common perennial plants, the different species of the foxtail lilies can be easily multiplied by simply dividing their rootstock. The ideal time would be August when the flowering is complete. All that is needed is a knife, with which the previously completely excavated root in the middle is carefully divided. Taking into account the planting distance of at least 50 centimetres, the new partial rhizome thus obtained is best used the same way as described above and finally covered with a compost layer.

The propagation of desert candles as seeds from the plants can be just as easy.  With a high-quality growing substrate available in specialist shops, which is filled into small pots, the seeds take about ten days until the first delicate germs become visible. Cover the plant containers with a transparent plastic film and water the seedlings daily if possible, but sparingly. Once the shoots of your foxtail lilies have reached a height of five to ten centimetres, they may be planted in the garden.

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