Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name

Genus: Eremurus

Specie: E. robustus


English Name:

Giant asphodel

Common Name

Foxtail lily: King's spear: Desert Candle.

Botanical Family

Name in Latin: Xanthorrhoeaceae, or Asphodeloideae or Lilaceae

Name in English: Asphodeloideae

The Plant

Origin: Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains in central Asia

Growth Habit: deciduous, perennial with rhizomatous roots

Flower: Tall spike like racemes with small star-shaped florets on "leafless" stem. Pale pink with yellow stamen.

Blooming Period: May-July

Leaf: vary from a bright green to a bluish-green in color, linear: strap like.


Excellent line .. very large stems must be firmly fixed

Care and Handling

Lasting Quality: long lasting

Amount of water: moderate

Nutrition: preservative/food

Special handling:

Special feature/remarks:

Specimens taller than 200 cm are not unusual. The flower cluster itself is over 100 cm tall and consists of 700 - 800 soft pink flowers