EREMURUS CLEOPATRA (FOXTAIL LILY) BULBS
“Eremurus Cleopatra” is native to Central Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Northern Himalayas; they are grown for their long showy flower clusters on lordly stems.
Rosettes of long, upright to lax, narrowly strap-shaped leaves grow in spring from crowns with brittle fleshy roots. Plants send up tall leafless flower stalks in early summer, topped with a column of tightly packed, burnt orange flower buds that cover the upper third of the stalk. The buds open to show lots of small, orange, lily-like flowers with dark red ribs. The flowers open successively from the bottom of the cluster up and attract bees and other pollinators. Small, capsule fruits that turn from green to brown follow the flowers. The leaves deteriorate at flowering time, withering away by Midsummer.
“Eremurus Cleopatra” has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (agm) which is for plants of outstanding excellence.
Use Foxtail Lily as a striking accent for the back of the perennial border or cottage garden.
“Eremurus Cleopatra” is fully to frost hardy. They should be planted in a sunny, warm shelterd area to protect against strong winds. They rarely need staking when they are given shelter. Choose the position carefully as they resent being disturbed, do not divide or transplant unless absolutely necessary. They can be grown in fertile sharply-drained soil, neutral to alkaline. Sharp sand can be added.
Care of bare root perennials
Remove the plant from its packaging and carefully remove all loose packing material. Soak the roots in a bucket of warm water for about 30 minutes. Examine the root system and trim away any rotted, mouldy or broken roots with a sharp knife. Dig a hole deep and wide enough to allow the roots to fan out from the crown at about 45º angle. It sometimes helps to make a cone-shaped mound of soil in the bottom of the hole and spread the roots around it. Remember the crown of most perennials should be placed 10-15cm below the surface. Cover the roots with soil and press down firmly. Make sure all the roots-especially those under the crown-are in contact wih the soil. Water the plant well and add a layer of mulch (soil covering) or dry straw or bracken until the threat of frost are gone, otherwise it might encourage the new growth to rot.
Eremurus are easy to grow but can take 3-6 months to germinate so please be patient.