Eremophila_hygrophana.jpg (51796 bytes)Eremophila hygrophana: is a member of the Myoporaceae family. Members of the genus are known collectively as Emu Bushes.

Eremophila hygrophana is a low, spreading shrub reaching a maximum height of 75 centimetres with a spread of one metre.

The leaves are dull grey or grey-green. They are covered with dense, small hairs that sometimes are yellowish yellow. The hairs provide an insulating blanket that protects the foliage from the extreme climatic conditions that occur in its natural habitat.

Large flowers tubular and blue to purple in colour. Their colour gradually changes to dark reddish brown when they dry. The main flowering period extends from autumn to mid summer with sporadic flowering at other times. The foliage provides a contrast with the flowers. Tip pruning is appreciated.

Eremophila hygrophana occurs in the arid areas of central Western Australia, northern South Australia and the southern Northern Territory. The Northern Territory population may be a new species.

This Emu Bush is a handsome, long flowering, understorey shrub that could be cultivated as a foreground shrub in native garden beds or incorporated in native cottage gardens and rockeries.

The species name means changing significantly in colour and refers to the flowers and the way that they change colour.

Propagate from cuttings.