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Care of the plant Eremophila glabra or Tar bush.

Care of the shrub Eremophila glabra or Tar bush

The genus Eremophila, family Scrophulariaceae, includes 250 species of shrubs and trees native to Australia. Some species are: Eremophila glabra, Eremophila divaricata, Eremophila laanii, Eremophila veronica, Eremophila compacta, Eremophila maculata.

Common names: Common emu bush, Tar bush.

They are evergreen shrubs with an erect or creeping habit that reach 3 meters (9.84 feet) in height. The leaves are greyish green in color and linear, lanceolate or oval in shape. The showy and abundant tubular flowers can be red, orange or yellow. They bloom in spring and summer.

They are used to form windbreaking bars, in bushy groups, in low-maintenance areas of the garden, and in pots and planters.

Eremophila glabra can grow in full sun, semi-shade, or even shade exposures (it will produce fewer flowers). Frost resistance down to -8 ºC (17.6 ºF).

The soil can be a garden substrate with 20% coarse sand and 10% organic matter. They can be grown in sandy, poor or dry soils.

Water regularly in summer waiting for the soil to dry out; the rest of the year water occasionally. They resist drought very well.

Fertilize with a little compost in late winter.

Prune lightly after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases but sensitive to excess watering.

They propagate by seeds sown in spring but it's a slow process; it's easier to do it from cuttings after flowering.

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Eremophila glabra