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Care of the plant Eremophila maculata or Spotted emu bush.

Care of the plant Eremophila maculata or Spotted emu bush

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

Common names: Spotted emu bush, Spotted fuchsia-bush.

They are highly branched evergreen shrubs that reach 1.5 meters in height. The decorative light green foliage is made up of small narrow leaves. The tubular and very abundant flowers can be pink, mauve, red, orange or yellow, depending on the variety. They can bloom during spring and summer.

They are used to cover dry slopes, as isolated specimens, to form screens and in pots and planters.

Eremophila maculata can be grown in direct sun or semi-shade exposures. They resist freezes down to -10 ºC.

The soil must drain well and have the ability to retain moisture (add clay); they can grow in poor, calcareous and stony soils.

Water moderately, waiting until the substrate has completely dried.

Fertilize with compost in late winter or early spring.

Prune young specimens lightly after flowering to control their growth and maintain a compact appearance.

These plants are very resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate by cuttings in late summer.

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Eremophila maculata
Eremophila maculata
Eremophila maculata
Eremophila maculata
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