Eremophila is an endemic genus endemic to Australia. There are about
180 species and usually occur in the drier inland areas of the continent. The
genus name means desert loving. Emu Bush is the common name. Many species have
adapted to cultivation and one of the best known is Eremophila maculata,
the Spotted Emu Bush. This hardy medium shrub is one of the most widespread and
variable Emu Bush. Eremophila maculata has tubular, nectar-filled flowers
which come in a bewildering range of colours. Yellow, pink, apricot, red
and deep crimson are all featured in the Spotted Emu Bush's palette of flower
colours. There are a number of colour forms growing in our gardens at Yallaroo.
Two favorites are the red form illustrated and a bright yellow form known as
"Aurea". The flowers have a distinctive "S"-shaped stalks or
pedicels. Many native birds are attracted to the flowers. All forms have long
flowering periods. Cuttings propagate readily.