Eremophila sp. or Emu bush are Australian natives. They are generally medium to large shrubs, growing up to five to ten feet tall. The plants produce fleshy fruits which are often eaten by birds and animals. The plants are also known as "poverty bushes" because of the ability of many of them to survive in very dry, inhospitable environments.
To ensure the best growth, Emu bushes should be planted in full sun and given moderate water during the summer months. During the winter, they should be watered less often to avoid root rot.
The plants produce attractive flowers in various shades of colors including pink, white, off-white, red, crimson and vinous, as well as yellow and orange. The blooms are often clustered and the plants are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
In cool climates, Emu bushes can be grown in large pots which should be kept in a sheltered spot and given plenty of sunlight. During the winter months, it is important to protect the roots of the plant by providing extra winter mulch. To ensure that the plant remains healthy, water regularly in the summer but let the soil dry out slightly between waterings.
In USDA zones 9-11, these large shrubs are easy to care for and will thrive with the right amount of sunlight and water. Not only that, their colorful flowers and attractive foliage make them a great addition to any garden. With the proper care, Emu bushes can turn an ordinary outdoor space into something truly spectacular.