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(AIR-ah-MUR-us or er-EM-u-RUS)
Foxtail lily, Desert candle, King’s spear
are tuberous-root plants that grow from 2 to 8 feet tall and
spread about 3 feet wide. Their spikelike racemes have dense
clusters of small, star-shaped flowers. They have long,
straplike green leaves that grow in basal rosette-shaped clumps
and die when the plants are in bloom, so foliage is rarely
present with cut flowers.
The flowers are available in hues of yellow, white, pink, rose,
orange, apricot and copper.
With proper care, Eremuruses can last from 10 to 14 days..
In general, Eremuruses are in good supply from March
Eremurus bungei (syn. E. stenophyllus) - This is
one of the most commonly grown species for the cut-flower
industry, and it is also one of the smallest of the Eremurus
species; stem lengths range from 2 to 3 feet. Flowers are bright
E. x isabellinus ‘Shelford’ and ‘Ruiter’ hybrids - These
stems grow to about 4 feet tall. The colors include gorgeous
hues of pink, salmon, yellow, apricot, orange and white. Certain
cultivars display striking bicolor combinations.
REFRIGERATION Eremuruses can
be held in floral refrigerators at 34 F to 38 F.
WATER Check the water level daily,
and add warm flower-food solution as needed. Remove any damaged
or dying florets. Recut the stems every two to three days to
ensure effective water uptake.
ETHYLENE SENSITIVITY Eremuruses
are sensitive to ethylene gas. Check with your supplier to make
sure your flowers have been treated with an anti-ethylene agent
at the grower level or during transportation. Signs of exposure
to ethylene gas include shattering (florets falling) and
premature color fading.
DISPLAY LOCATIONS Advise customers
to display their flowers in cool locations, out of direct
sunlight and away from heat sources.
HANDLE WITH CARE Take care not to
break the elegant but brittle tips of the flowers.
WHAT'S IN A NAME "Eremurus”
is from the Greek words ““eremia” meaning “desert” and “oura”
are members of the Liliaceae
family. Common relatives include lilies, tulips,
Fritillarias and lilies-of-the-valley (Convallaria
HOME SWEET HOME These hardy
perennials are native to central and western Asia,
particularly Afghanistan and Pakistan.
DESIGN TIPS Spikes flattened in
shipping can be fluffed up by rolling the stems back and forth
several times between the hands before hydrating.
BLOOMS Purchase Eremuruses
when the lower one-third of florets on the spikes have opened
and the upper buds are showing color. Watch for spikes that may
be crushed or bruised. sfr
The Chain of
Plants Association, www.flowers.org.uk
Flower of the Month” writer Steven W. Brown, AIFD, at email@example.com
or (415) 239-3140.
of the Flower Council of Holland
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