Eremophila alternifolia – Emu Bush

A tough plant for dry conditions, it grows as a small to medium shrub. It has tubular shaped flowers that can be white, yellow, cream or pink, often prettily spotted. Flowering is in spring, also some in autumn to winter, and nectar loving birds and insects will feed from them. Originates in arid areas, but is also tolerant of some humidity. Likes a spot in full sun and needs well drained soil, will also grow in heavier soils with adequate drainage. Tip pruning after flowering will help maintain a more compact shape.

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Family : Scrophulariaceae
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Plant Type : Small shrub, Large shrub
Width : 3
Flowering Time : Autumn, Winter
Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained
Special Uses : Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Eremophila alternifolia
Common Name : Poverty Bush
Height : 4
Flower Color : White, Cream, Pink
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Other insects