A popular garden plant Eremophila maculata comes in a number of forms including a range of flower colours and sizes.
The large tubular flowers appear in spring, opening from pointed buds, as they open the individual petals are recurved, when fully open and covered with very fine hairs.
Growth habit depends on the form and position. In shaded positions the bush is open and becomes a little leggy. In good sun the growth habit is more compact and flowers will be more prolific.
A few forms are available with a naturally more compact and bushy habit. This is an excellent plant in a native garden or in a mixed border. It can be used as a low hedge and will attract birds to the garden when in flower.
Best grown in an open sunny position with well drained soil.
- Mulching around the plant is recommended to help retain some moisture.
- When first planted, regular watering will assist with good growth.
- Pruning is recommended to maintain a nice bushy habit.
- Eremophila maculata ‘Aurea’ is yellow flowering as the name suggests.
- Eremophila maculata ‘Magenta form’ has the best red flowers.
- Eremophila Maculata ‘Silver Hybrid’ has attractive grey green to silvery foliage.
- Eremophila maculata ‘Valentine’ has good red flowers.
- Botanical/Scientific Name – Eremophila maculata
- Common Name – Spotted Emu Bush
- Family – Scrophulariaceae
- Position – Part shade to full sun.
- Soil – Well drained.
- Height – 1 – 1.5 metres
- Spread – Around 1.5 metres.
- Flowers – Magenta, Purple, Red, Yellow and White
- Flowering time – Spring
- Foliage Mid green, lanceolate in shape.
- Frost tolerant – Moderate
- Drought tolerant – Yes