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Eremophila nivea 'Blue Velvet' (Emu Bush)

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Plant description

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A beautiful medium sized shrub, with intense silvery grey foliage and stems and mauve-purple flowers in spring which contrast well with the ghost-like leaves. It is very soft and tactile to touch, an added delight for the gardener. It is a West Australian native and most nursery stock has been grafted onto a hardier rootstock which helps to give the plant greater hardiness. It needs excellent drainage, and a sunny spot, and only fertilise with a good native plant food. It is drought hardy and tolerant of mild frost once established.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: mauve purple
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1.2 metres

Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: 1.2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: well-drained.

Diseases

Fungal rot in wet conditions

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Good native fertiliser.

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