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.

Scientific Name:Eremophila alternifolia
Common Name:Poverty Bush
Other Common Names:Emu Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 4 metre
Width:1 ~ 3 metre
Flower Colour:White, Cream, Pink
Flowering Time:Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Hardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Other insects



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants