Eremophila bowmanii ssp latifolia- Velvet Fuschia Bush

A very drought hardy small shrub, very popular for the silver grey foliage which has a soft and felty texture. Grows around a metre high and wide and can be up to three metres. It has purple mauve mid sized flowers from winter to spring, and they are nectar rich bringing birds and insects to the garden to feed. It naturally grows in inland arid places on alkaline soils. It can be grafted to suit more humid areas and acid soils. Frost tolerant. Tip prune after flowering to maintain a compact shape.

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Family:Scrophulariaceae
Scientific Name:Eremophila bowmanii
Common Name:Fuschia Bush
Other Common Names:Emu Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 ~ 3 metre
Width:1 ~ 2.5 metre
Flower Colour:Purple, Mauve
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Semihardwood cutting, Hardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage, Wow factor
Special Uses:Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Other insects

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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