Cleopatra Foxtail Lily (Eremurus)

Cleopatra Foxtail Lily

Cleopatra Foxtail Lily (Eremurus) is an eye-catching wonder with tall fronds of luscious orange flowers that add drama and beautiful vertical lines in the early-to-mid summer garden. Beautiful against an evergreen background. Sometimes known as Desert Candle.
Zones5 - 9
Easy To Grow
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Low Maintenance
Good For Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
50 to 60"
Mature Plant Size48-60" tall
Bulb Spacing1 bulb/tuber per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeEarly to mid summer
ShippingNow shipping to zones 2-10.
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SizeBag of 1

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Cleopatra Foxtail Lily (Eremurus or Desert Candle) is a must-have for the early summer garden. Rising on stalks 4-5 ft. tall, the lovely orange flowers open from the bottom up, to reveal a delicate red stripe penciled along the mid-rib of each petal. Long lasting flowers and great as a cut flower, the plant will develop into a clump with many flower stalks over time. Plant Eremurus in a sunny spot in enriched well-drained soil (they don’t like soggy feet!). Keep soil moist during growth and flowering, after flowering water may be reduced. They will naturalize well when happy and put on a breathtaking display each year. The foliage is strap-like and withers back during flowering so plant foxtail among groundcovers, ornamental grasses or other perennials. Protect from wind if possible and plant in groups of 5 or more for best effect. Hummingbirds and butterflies love the flowers and deer and critters leave it alone. It’s a hardy, easy-care plant once established. Mulch in the fall in colder areas. 4-5' tall x 18-24" wide.
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Common Name
Cleopatra Foxtail Lily
Botanical Name
Eremurus Cleopatra
Item Package Size
Bag of 1
Flower Color
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Bloom Time
Early to mid summer
Mature Height
48-60" tall
Bulb Spacing
1 bulb/tuber per sq. ft.
Flower Bulb Size
#1 Clump
Planting Depth
Plant 5" deep
Amount Of Rain
20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50", 50 to 60"
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Easy To Grow, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Item Unit Of Measure
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides

Summer Blooming Bulbs, including popular varieties such as gladiolus and dahlias, are planted in the spring and bloom in the summer. Most of these bulbs are tropical and require warm weather to be planted. There must not be any danger of frost and your ground temperature must have reached 55 degrees Fahrenheit before planting. Many of our summer blooming bulbs can be planted as perennials in zones 9-10 (zone 8 if mulched), but should be treated as annuals in cooler climates. You can lift them and store them in the fall, or bring patio pots inside before frost. See page 15 of our Planting Guide for a bulb depth planting illustration.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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