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Eremurus species

foxtail lily, king's spear, desert candle

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Sow seed in spring after stratification, just covered at 55-60F/13-15C, or when ripe in fall; light is needed for germination. Open, sunny spot, light, very well-drained soil; does well in hot, dry conditions, and should be kept dry after flowering

Grown also from dormant roots purchased in fall, planted shallowly and carefully; may also be divided spring or early fall. The central bud should be placed 2-3" below soil level; allow the roots to radiate outward from it, without crowding. The bud should be oriented with bud eyes facing up

Some species, including Eremurus himalaicus and Eremurus robustus, can be hardy to zone 3 if protected in winter. Roots may be lifted in fall, and stored indoors cool and dry, prior to planting again in spring, if not hardy to your area

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