Eremophila maculata ‘Carmine Star’ – Emu Bush

An ornamental low growing shrub with beautifully coloured bright pink flowers with spotted throats, which are attractive to birds and insects. Flowers in late spring. It has green foliage and makes a good low hedge plant if pruned to keep dense. Prefers well drained heavier alkaline soils, and likes a sunny to part shaded spot. Drought and frost tolerant. Eremophila maculata foliage could be toxic to stock and humans if eaten.

Family:Scrophulariaceae
Scientific Name:Eremophila maculata
Cultivar:Carmine Star
Common Name:Emu Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Ground cover
Height:0.4 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:White, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Clay, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover
Special Uses:Erosion control
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, 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. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it 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 an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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