An attractive and very drought tolerant shrub, with an interesting upright habit with long spears of stems. It bears bright pink to red flowers in winter to spring which are nectar rich, bringing birds and insects to the garden. Careful pruning of this plant will lead to great results- if you prune while it is young it will encourage the plant to be more dense, but still have the unusual upright habit, making it great for narrow spaces and hedging. There are more grey leafed forms which are also very attractive. Naturally occurring on alkaline soils, in arid areas with light and sandy soils, if you have heavier soils it is advisable to form raised beds or plant in containers. Can be used for cut flowers, and is tolerant of some frost.
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|Scientific Name:||Eremophila calorhabdos|
|Common Name:||Emu Bush|
|Other Common Names:||Red Rod Emu Bush|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Large shrub|
|Height:||1 ~ 4 metre|
|Width:||1 ~ 1.5 metre|
|Flower Colour:||Red, Pink|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Winter|
|Ph Level:||Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Container growing, Flower garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Column-shaped|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained|
|Propagation Method:||Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Hardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Hedge, Screen, Windbreak|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Other insects|
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