Eremophila polyclada – Emu Bush

This is a medium sized, rather open shrub with pale mauve to white flowers, with the throats interestingly spotted with brown.  It is one of the larger flowered Eremophilas. They can flower throughout the year, but mainly in summer, and are attractive to birds and insects. Native to inland arid areas, it dislikes humidity and bad drainage. Can lose it leaves in drought, which helps conserve moisture. Can grow on a wide range of soils, including clay loam, excessive alkilinity can cause yellowing. Withstands moderate frost, down to -5 degrees.

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Scientific Name:Eremophila polyclada
Common Name:Emu Bush
Other Common Names:Twiggy Emu Bush
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 3 metres
Width:2 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:White, Mauve
Flowering Time:Summer, All year
Ph Level:Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Open foliage
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects


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




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




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