Eremophila glabra ‘Silver Ball’ – Emu Bush

An attractive and useful shrub that has a  naturally compact shape and silver grey leaves. Use for colour contrast against other plants or where the silver foliage will light up the garden. Does well in coastal gardens as well as inland and withstands frost and drought. It has a profusion of small yellow flowers which small honey eating birds like. A light trim and a small amount of a good native fertilizer once a year is all it needs in the way of maintenance. Good for alkaline soils.

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Family:Scrophulariaceae
Scientific Name:Eremophila glabra
Cultivar:Silver Ball
Common Name:Emu Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.7 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.7 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Topiary, Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies

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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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