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Shelford Hybrids Fox Tail Lily

Eremurus 'Shelford Hybrids'

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Shelford Hybrids Fox Tail Lily (Eremurus 'Shelford Hybrids') at Glen Echo Nurseries

Shelford Hybrids Fox Tail Lily flowers

Shelford Hybrids Fox Tail Lily flowers

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Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Desert Candle

Description:

Bold giant spikes of pink, white, red, yellow and orange flowers rise from grassy foliage; makes a great accent in the garden; prefers good drainage; may require staking

Ornamental Features

Shelford Hybrids Fox Tail Lily features bold spikes of pink flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain bluish-green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Shelford Hybrids Fox Tail Lily is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Shelford Hybrids Fox Tail Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Shelford Hybrids Fox Tail Lily will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Shelford Hybrids Fox Tail Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features