Growing Foxtail Lilies

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Foxtail lilies, also known as desert candles, produce tall flower spikes in the spring. This is a page about growing foxtail lilies.


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Botanical Name: Asphodelaceae
Life Cycle: perennial
Planting Time: fall
Height: 3' to 4'
Exposure: full sun to partial shade
Soil: rich, well-drained soil
Hardiness: zones 6 to 9
Bloom Time: early summer
Flower: variety of star-shaped flowers (white, yellow or pink) on tall flower spikes.
Foliage: green leaves at the bottom of tall smooth stems holding large flower spikes.
Propagation: tubers
Suggested Use: beds, tall borders, mass plantings
Growing Hints: In the fall, plant tubers 6 inches deep and approximately 36 inches apart. Plants need regular watering during the growing season and should not be allowed to dry out. Care should be taken not to over water in the winter. After the plant flowers, the root stock can be divided, or simply discarded. Plants are slow to become established and dislike being divided, so many gardeners prefer to purchase new tubers annually. Applying fertilizer throughout the first few seasons will help plant establish roots. Well-established plants require very little maintenance and reseed themselves readily.
Interesting Facts: Foxtail lilies are native to western and central Asia.
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July 31, 2015

Do you have to dead head foxtail lilies?


November 4, 20170 found this helpful

You dont have to, but it wont hurt any.

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November 5, 20170 found this helpful

All plants grow better when you deadhead. They can devote their energy to producing new buds

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