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Eremophila hygrophana: Blue Emu Bush / Blue Bells

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Form: Shrub.
Leaf retention: Evergreen. Tip damage at 17°F.
Growth rate: Slow to moderate depending on water.
Mature Size: 2-3' high and 3-4' wide.
Flowers: Purple to blue, tubular, 1" long, resembling Texas Sage.
Bloom: Most of year in regions without freezes.
Fruit: Tiny.
Leaves: Silver-green, lance-shaped, soft, fuzzy.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts bees, large butterflies, hummingbirds.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Australia.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun.
Water after becoming established: Monthly. Do not overwater.
Soil: Well drained, dry, low organic content, pH 6.6-8.5 (neutral to alkaline).
Mulch: Gravel or bare soil. It may do better without gravel.
First Year Care: Water lightly every day except after rain. Do not use mulch, not even gravel, so soil will dry out quickly.
Planting: May be grown in a container.
Prune: Slightly trim to shape.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Cuttings.
Uses: Ornamental, xeric garden, hummingbird garden.

Sometimes mistaken for Texas Sage.

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