Eremurus robustus

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Eremurus robustus
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E. robustus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Eremurus
E. robustus
Binomial name
Eremurus robustus

Eremurus robustus, the foxtail lily or giant desert candle is a species of flowering plant native to the Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains in central Asia that is often used as an ornamental plant.

Eremurus robustus has a stem 6–10 ft (1.8–3.0 m) high, with leaves as long as 48 in (120 cm) and 4 in (10 cm) in width, the widest in its genus. The leaves can vary from a bright green to a bluish-green in color. Inflorescence grows to 4 ft (1.2 m) in length and is covered with many deep to pale pink flowers, 4 cm (1.6 in) across. At the base of the flower is a brown blotch with a green keel.[1] The lower flowers have long pedicels, with shorter ones higher up. The flowers, as many as 700 to 800 of them, bloom in June.[2] By the time of flowering, the leaves will usually have already shrivelled.

The Latin specific epithet robustus means “sturdy, growing strongly”.[3]

The plant was introduced from Central Asia in 1874 and is popular in gardens.[4] However some may find the plant to be too tall for normal gardens.[5] It prefers sandy, well-drained soil and full sun.

In cultivation in the UK this plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[6][7]


  1. ^ Thomas, Graham Stuart (June 1, 2005). Perennial Garden Plants. frances lincoln ltd. ISBN 0-7112-2403-X. p. 160.
  2. ^ Royal Horticultural Society 2006. Eremurus robustus. Retrieved on October 6, 2006.
  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 184533731X.
  4. ^ Bryan, John E (June 7, 2002). Bulbs. Timber Press. ISBN 0-88192-529-2. p. 222.
  5. ^ Hessayon, D G (December 31, 1995). The Bulb Expert. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. ISBN 0-903505-42-8. p. 38.
  6. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Eremurus robustus". Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  7. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 35. Retrieved 16 February 2018.


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