Foxtail lily bulb eremerus

camelliaOctober 8, 2009

Which way is up - the smooth crown or the side where the centre has multiple hairs?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Hi Camellia,

I'm not sure, and if you don't get a reply or find out here, you might try asking over on the Lily Forum. I read on line that it is a bulb, but also read where it is fleshy roots and grows from the crown. Would one assume it would grow up from the crown? I'd 'think so.

What zone are you in? Are they for sure hardy in your area? I see in 5/6 they need additional mulch as they are only hardy really to zone 7 (I read on line).

You can udate your Profile so it will show your zone and location whenever you post, by going to the Member Pages in the green banner at the bottom of any page.
You can put your location in the one box for garden zone...See I am zone 5/6 S IN


    Bookmark   October 8, 2009 at 9:42AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

In the broad use of the term "bulb" it qualifies. To me it resembles a starfish in shape. It took me years to recognize how far the roots extended with seasonal growth, all in the horizontal plane about four inches under the soil. Although I admire the look in photos, in real life it has been a disappointment in my garden. Al

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 8:18AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I agree - they are only considered a 'bulb' in the broadest sense of the word and about as close to a true lily as are daylilies......i.e., NOT :-) The Lily forum is unlikely to provide you much additional info as that is for true lilies, the genus Lilium.

The fleshy root crowns are very brittle and should be treated gently. Plant 4-6 inches deep (crown side up) in wide planting holes in very well drained soil in full sun. A sandy loam is ideal. They are easily hardy to zone 5 but should well mulched over winter. Once established, they can last for years. Avoid cultivation in the immediate area and no transplanting....they really don't like it!

Very dramatic plant when well grown. I grew 'Cleopatra' in my old garden - a wonderful peachy orange color and along bloom season.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2009 at 10:10AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Transplanting old bulbs
transplanting daffodil and other bulbs When is a good...
Poll: share what is blooming for you!
My brother in Zone 8 has daffodils blooming! What...
Will my (most likely) forced tulips ever flower again?
I bought some potted tulips in Feb. '14. I transplanted...
Amy Biondolillo
forgot to plant bulbs- now they're sprouting- what can I do?
Hi I realise this question has already been asked but...
Easter lily
An Easter lily that had finished flowering had been...
Sponsored Products
Designers Fountain Outdoor Marquette LED21921 Wall Lantern - Aged Bronze Patina
$159.50 | Hayneedle
Sonneman Thick Thin Coffee Bronze Floor Lamp
Euro Style Lighting
Forum Chandelier by Currey & Company
$1,690.00 | Lumens
Travertine Base Task Lamp
$389.00 | FRONTGATE
Palms Chrome Three-Light Bath Light with White Linen Glass
$75.45 | Bellacor
Gold Floor Lamp: Portable Lamp Series 67.25 in. Gold Floor Lamp PFL2062
Home Depot
Stonebridge 29 Inch Wall Lantern -Black
$226.10 | Bellacor
Brown Stone Outdoor Post Mt 1-Light FL
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™