Himalayan Foxtail Lily (Eremurus)

Himalayan Foxtail Lily

Himalayan Foxtail Lily (Eremurus himalaicus) is an elegant showstopper with its magnificent white wands of flowers rising on stalks 4-6 ft. tall. An easy-care, pollinator favorite, it will light up your early summer garden with wonder. Sometimes known as Desert Candle.
Zones5 - 8
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 Size48-72" 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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Himalayan Foxtail Lily (Eremurus himalaicus or Desert Candle) has tall white flower stalks that start summer off in style. Rising to 4-6 ft. tall they are a perfect backdrop to the perennials and flowers in your summer garden. Foxtail Lily’s flower stalks grow out of a rosette of strap-like foliage that dies back as flowering progresses. Plant it with groundcovers, ornamental grasses or other early summer bloomers. Giant Allium are a fun companion, and sure to bring a smile! Plant Himalyan Foxtail Lily in a sunny, wind-protected, spot in well-drained soil. Foxtail lily isn’t picky about soil but good drainage is key as it doesn’t like soggy roots. Water it regularly as flowering progresses, after flowering it doesn’t need much water. Beautiful and long-lasting cut flowers, they add beauty to any bouquet. They will increase in size yearly and may be divided every 3-4 years. Mulch in winter to protect the tuberous roots. 4-6 ft. tall x 1-2 ft. wide.
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Common Name
Himalayan Foxtail Lily
Botanical Name
Eremurus himalaicus
Item Package Size
Bag of 1
Flower Color
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Bloom Time
Early to mid summer
Mature Height
48-72" 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, Fragrant, Good For Cut Flowers
5, 6, 7, 8
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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