American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several Asiatic plants of the genus Eremurus in the lily family, having a tall cluster of colorful bell-shaped flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants of the family Litiaceæ. There are about 18 species, natives of the mountains of western and central Asia. Several are cultivated for their striking habit and great flower-stalks crowned with showy white, rose-colored, or yellow flowers. The leaves rise from the root in a dense clump or rosette; the flowers have 6 segments, usually withering on the stalk, 6 stamens, and a 3-partitioned and 3-cornered ovary. Among the garden species are E. robustus, E. Himalaicus, and E. spectabilis. The best known is E. robustus, which often sends up a stalk 8 feet high bearing rose-colored flowers.
- New Latin Erēmūrus, genus name : Greek erēmos, solitary + Greek ourā, tail; see ors- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Tulips, alliums, fritillaria and eremurus go to ground after they have flowered with good reason – because they come from areas of the world that have short wet periods followed by months of drought and searing heat.”
“It was pure luck to get the verbena butterfly shot, I was trying to take pictures of the eremurus nearby and just turned around, the camera was already on.”
“Veronica ‘Georgia Blue’ groundcover, nigella foliage in left corner, spiky foliage of eremurus showing.”
“Now there bloomed hollyhocks and the blushing amber eremurus, more brilliant than the lupin, yellow below and rising to a red color at its tip like a flaming candle.”
“If an eremurus appears too soon above ground, it is well just to cover it over with loose litter of some sort, so that it may not be nipped by spring frosts; and one experienced grower has said that it answers to lift them after blossoming, and to keep them out of the ground for a few weeks, so that they may be sufficiently retarded.”
“Then I remembered that this eremurus is native to the Pamir and Tien Shan mountains in central Asia, where the winters are terribly harsh.”
“Foxtail lilies (eremurus), which come in a range of colours, produce tall bottlebrushes of flowers in midsummer, growing from one to two metres.”
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