• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Eremurus × isabellinus 'Cleopatra'

foxtail lily 'Cleopatra'

  • Other common names foxtail lily 'Cleopatra'

  • Synonyms Eremurus 'Cleopatra'

  • Family Asphodelaceae

  • 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

  • Details 'Cleopatra' has mid-green lance-shaped leaves and dense flower spikes composed of burnt orange flower buds which open a vibrant peach-orange with a dark red midrib on the backs of the petals and orange anthers


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Chalk

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral, Acid


  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

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

Propagation Propagate by division after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Cut Flowers City & Courtyard Gardens Architectural Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden

How to care

Pruning None required

Pests Slugs may cause damage

Diseases Usually trouble free

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