Latin name: Eremophila bignoniiflora x Eremophila polyclada. Family: Scrophulariaceae. Common Name: Emu Bush.
An Australian Shrub found along riverbanks growing beneath Eucalyptus Camaldulensis (River Red Gum), it is a natural hybrid between two Eremophila species. Bi-labial petals attract pollinators such as bees and small birds for fertilization of seeds.
Out of cultivation this species is spread via Emus; the seeds will not germinate until they have been on a journey through the digestive system of Australia’s largest bird.
The dormancy that is only broken by emus in the wild can be overcome in cultivation through a process called scarification. This involves scratching the seed gently to penetrate its thick coat, then soaking it in water to leach out the inhibiting chemicals found naturally inside. This is just one method for human cultivation; Emu Bush is most commonly cloned through cuttings or grafts. Emu Bush is a desert plant so is very drought tolerant.
She is also tolerant to wind and waterlogging and can grow in a spectrum of conditions from semi-shade to full sun. Full sun is where she really shines. Growing 2-4m wide and 2-4m high, depending on conditions, she responds well to haircuts. Flowers all year, evergreen, bird
attracting, but fruit is toxic so handle her with care.