A low growing form of Eremophila glabra, which makes a very easy care and tough ground cover plant. Named for the variation of flower colours, from yellow, orange to red, which contrast with the bright green foliage. Flowers throughout the year, and they are highly attractive to nectar feeding birds. Grows around 20cms high but spreads to a couple of metres wide, with the odd arching branch. Likes full sun, will grow in part shade, but the flower colour will be more red with more sunshine. Drought and frost tolerant.
All above photographs of Eremophila ‘Fruit Salad’ are by Lyndal Thorburn. A portion of income from sales of ‘Fruit Salad’ go to the Australian Plants Society of Australia’s Eremophila Study Group, to benefit their continuing work on Eremophila.
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|Scientific Name:||Eremophila glabra ssp carnosa|
|Other Common Names:||Emu Bush, Tar Bush|
|Plant Type:||Ground cover|
|Height:||0.2 ~ 0.25 metres|
|Width:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Flower Colour:||Yellow, Red, Orange|
|Flowering Time:||All year|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost|
|Special Uses:||Erosion control|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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