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|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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