Eremophila nivea – Emu Bush

A beautiful silvery foliaged shrub with purple tubular flowers in spring and summer. A good plant for drier areas, as it will be short lived in more humid areas. Needs good drainage and a sunny spot. It is helpful to mound the soil to improve drainage. Prune lightly after flowering. Feed with a good native fertiliser. Grafted plants will perform better in more humid areas.

Scientific Name:Eremophila nivea
Common Name:Emu Bush
Other Common Names:Silky Eremophila
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:0.8 ~ 2 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 2 metres
Flower Colour:Purple, Mauve
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Grafting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Attractive foliage, Wow factor
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies






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




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.