This Australian native evergreen shrub, with its burgundy-purple foliage, hardy nature, and lovely little purple flowers brings a deep richness of color to the autumn landscape. A part of the Scrophulariacea, or figwort family, this is a very old and durable plant. It is low growing and will work well as a groundcover in large areas, growing 1-2” high and up to a yard wide. Some species of Eremophila are called ‘Emu Bush’, named after the large Emu bird that is endemic to Australia. Eremophila densiflora blooms almost year round, with flushes of bloom in both spring and fall. It is native to the south west of Western Australia and is tolerant of wind, heat, light frost and poor soils. (It does however require the soil to well-drained). Because the west of coast of Australia and the west coast of California are both considered Mediterranean climates, this plant thrives in our local landscapes also.
Eremophila densiflora is a good choice in a garden setting as well as a mixed container display. Companion plant with Festuca valesiaca ‘Buddy Blue’ to highlight the contrast of the silver-grey blades of this beautiful grass. The sunny-yellow blooms of Calylophus drummondianus will pair beautifully with the dark foliage of Eremophila densiflora. We are currently growing this unique perennial in one gallon containers. Give us a call if you have any questions, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, or check out our website www.clearwatercolor.com to learn more about this and other plants we are growing.