Eremophila calorhabdos – Emu Bush

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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Family:Scrophulariaceae
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
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Column-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
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

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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