If hummingbirds and butterflies had their own version of Las Vegas this would be it. Let me introduce you to Eremophila maculata commonly referred to as the Spotted Emu Bush. It's the Circus Circus of shrubs. It produces flashy flowers full of nectar that hummingbirds and butterflies can't get enough of! This fanciful floral fantasy of sugar sweet magenta and leopard print loveliness comes to us from Australia. The name Eremophila means lover of desert or lonely places. It also has the common name, Emu Bush, because in Australia its seeds and fruits are a favorite snack of the native australian bird known as the emu.
Eremophila maculata is one tough customer for the garden and makes a seductive spectacle as a cut flower. It grows to be a shrub about 3 feet tall and wide. It's a great plant to grow in dry, sunny locations and becomes drought tolerant once established. Come late winter into spring, this evergreen shrub produces an abundant amount of tubular flower buds that are bursting with a bonanza of nectar. To keep the show going, Eremophila maculata benefit from a pruning after their heavy flowering. Doing so keeps this shrub bushy and looking attractive. It likes to grow in well-draining soil, drink regular water until established, and is hardy to about 25 degrees fahrenheit/-3 degrees celsius. It's the perfect plant for a xeriscape or dry garden situation. It also grows well as an understory shrub around Acacia and Eucalyptus. Oh, and did I mention it looks smashing in a container?! All that glamour and glitz in a low maintenance superstar shrub. What's not to love?!