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Herbaceous Perennial

Eremurus himalaicus

Himalayan foxtail lily

E. himalaicus is a stately plant with rosettes of bright green leaves; each leaf to 50cm long and 4cm wide. Flower spikes, up to 2m tall, comprise numerous individual white flowers, each 2.5-3.5cm across

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Eremurus are herbaceous perennials growing from fleshy roots, with rosettes of strap-shaped basal leaves and a dense racemes of small star-shaped flowers on erect leafless stems

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Afghan. & W Himalaya

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, sandy, well-drained loam in full sun, with shelter from wind. Mulch with garden compost or bark in autumn, but avoid covering the crown. Young spring growth can be protected with a dry mulch - see Eremurus cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by seed by sowing in containers in a cold frame in autumn or at 15°C in late winter. Can also be propagated by division after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Prairie planting
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

None required

Pests

Slugs may cause damage

Diseases

Usually trouble free

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