Eremurus or hermit is a variety of bulbous plants originating from central Asia belonging to the Liliaceae family. Its bulb is characterized by being a tuberous root that has 2 or 3 buds. The eremoro genus has around 30 different species, which share a certain rusticity that makes them easily cultivable.
This kind of plant is commonly referred to as the desert candle, a name deriving from its particular shape. It is in fact a variety characterized by rather showy inflorescences, composed of numerous small flowers that gather together in a pointed spike inflorescence. Flowers can take on different colors such as yellow, red, pink or orange. The leaves are sage green. The eremoro plant can grow up to 2 meters and its flowers can even reach 60 cm in length. The flowering of this kind of bulbosa is summer.
Characteristics of the flower
The flowers of eremurus they are very small, gathered in pointed panicle inflorescences. Colors can be different: pink, brick red, orange, yellow and vanilla. The Eremurus flowers can be 30 to 60 cm long. They have no fragrance. The flowering period is summer. They are very particular inflorescences that can be indicated to create particular spots of color inside any garden.
The hermitus plants, although belonging to a rather rustic and resistant genus, in order to grow at their best, should be planted in a soil with good drainage, so that water stagnations cannot be formed that are harmful for the development of this bulbous plant . The ideal substrate must also be rich in organic substances. To plant specimens of this kind it is advisable to prepare a mixture consisting of soil, peat, manure and shredded grass or leaves.
Plants should be planted in the autumn season. As for the depth of planting, it is good that a layer of soil of at least 5 cm covers the bulb. It is also advisable to leave a space of about 30 cm between one bulb and another.
Eremoro - Eremurus: Advice
Plants of this variety must be placed in areas where they can receive at least a few hours of direct sunlight during the day, otherwise, if placed in the shade, they will present stunted growth.
As for the water supply, it is necessary to intervene with moderation, taking care to check that the soil is rather dry before proceeding with a further watering and checking that the soil allows the disposal of the water, without stagnation which could lead to dangerous radical rots.
In the spring season, it is possible to add liquid fertilizer to the water used to supply these bulbous plants with all the necessary nutrition.
This plant can be affected by fungal diseases in the spring season; for this reason, it is good to intervene before the development of the gems with special products. During the winter then, it is advisable to use broad-spectrum insecticide treatments that protect the specimens of this genus from the possible attack of aphids and mealybugs.