Order: Asparagales
Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Eremurus
Species: E. bungei


The Golden Foxtail lily - Eremurus bungei, though more correctly known as Eremurus stenophyllus bungei, is a gorgeous deciduous perennial native to Iran, Afghanistan and Turkistan. IT is usually found in dry, mountainous areas and is one of the smaller Eremurus species. It produces narrow, light-green, strap-like leaves in the spring followed in May to June with flower spikes 75-120 centimeters tall. They shouldn't need staking unless they are being grown in an exposed position.


The spikes are topped with an inflorescence which itself can be up to 50 centimetres long. The inflorescence contains hundreds of tightly packed, golden-yellow flowers containing orange anthers which begin blooming from the base and slowly rise to the top of the stem over a period of several weeks.

Eremurus bungei can be found as pot grown specimens at the end of spring, but more usually as pre-packed bare roots at the end of the summer. Plant them at your earliest convenience as they are prone to drying out, this can seriously affect their performance the following year. The crown of the plant should be planted 6 inches deep, in a well-drained loam, although they will perform best in a slightly acidic or alkaline soil. Water in and do not allow to dry out. They will prefer a very sunny position but will tolerate lightly shade if that is all that is available, but try to avoid one that is exposed to early morning sunlight.

Cut back the seeds head after flowering - unless of course you wish to collect the seed for propagation, and mulch annually with well-rotted farm manure in the autumn. Eremurus do not like their roots disturbed, so do not divide or transplant your plants it is unless absolutely necessary. Protect the crowns with a mulch of dry straw or bracken in early winter.

Eremurus bungei received the Award of merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1998.

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