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Eremophila glabra: Common Emu Bush

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Form: Shrub.
Leaf retention: Evergreen but heavily damaged below 20°F.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 3-4' high or prostrate, and 4-5' wide, depending on subspecies.
Flowers: Red, tubular and fatter in middle, stamens extend beyond upper lip. Four short curled upper lips, one longer curled lower lip. Prostrate form has yellow flowers.
Bloom: On and off throughout the year, including winter.
Fruit: Small capsule, fleshy or dried.
Leaves: Lance-shaped, glossy green to hairy and silver-green depending on subspecies.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds. Birds and small mammals eat the fruit.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Australia.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 9-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun.
Water once established: Once or twice a month.
Soil: Well drained, dry, low in organic content, pH 5.6-8.5 (acidic to alkaline).
Prune: After flowering.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Cuttings. Very difficult from seed.
Uses: Ornamental, xeric garden.

Up to nine subspecies are recognized. Pictures are of subspecies Camosa, cultivar 'Winter Blaze'.

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