GIANT FOXTAIL LILY Eremurus robustus
Eremurus robustus, the foxtail lily or giant desert candle, is an extremely tall plant with a stem 6–10 ft (1.8–3.0 m) high, and leaves as long as 48 in (120 cm) and 4 in (10 cm) wide, the widest in its genus. The deciduous leaves can vary from a bright green to a bluish-green in color. The flowers are light pink, as many as 700 to 800 of them, blooming in June. The Latin specific epithet robustus means “sturdy, growing strongly.
The plant was introduced from Central Asia to Europe and North America in 1874 and is popular in gardens. It prefers sandy, well-drained soil and full sun.
In cultivation in the UK this plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
These seeds are very rare and are in limited supply.
Type: Hardy perennial
Height: 3 meters, 10 Feet
Hardiness zones: 5-9
Seeds per pack: 3
Germination: As with many perennial seeds, these seeds can benefit from a period of moist cold to help them grow. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 4-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.
If you are planting your seeds in late winter or spring, these seeds can be planted outdoors while it is still cool out (once the ground is workable and unfrozen), to receive the cold period naturally in the garden.