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Products > Eremophila glabra 'Midhill'
Eremophila glabra 'Midhill' - Common Emu Bush

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myoporaceae (Now Scrophulariaceae)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Eremophila glabra 'Midhill' (Gold Emu Bush) - A durable small evergreen shrub that grows 2 to 3 feet tall and can spread twice as wide with olive gray-green slightly fuzzy narrow leaves. In late fall through spring appear masses of tubular flowers that are yellow on their interior and yellow and orange on the outside. Plant in full sun but also grows well in part day sun or light shade. Best in a soil that drains well and can perform well in clay, but best on a slope or a mound where it drains freely. Will tolerate infrequent irrigation but more robust with occasional watering, though spread can be controlled by not overwatering. Grows well even in inland heat and cold hardy to 20° F and has a high tolerance of salt and alkaline conditions, so should also perform well in near coastal situations. A nice shrub that provides winter flowers for show and to attract hummingbirds. Eremophila glabra is a widespread species found in the dry areas of all mainland states of Australia. The name for the genus was derived the Greek word 'erêmos' meaning "lonely" or "desert" and 'phílos' meaning "dear" "beloved" in reference to the plants in the genus growing in arid climate locations. The specific epithet is from the Latin word 'glaber' meaning "without hairs" or "smooth surfaced" in reference to the shiny glabrous leaves, though this form does not exhibit this and instead has short hairs that give it a slightly gray appearance. Eremophila is closely related to Myoporum and were long placed in the same family, the Myoporaceae, but this family has been absorbed into the Figwort family, the Scrophulariaceae and placed in the Myoporeae Tribe. This plant came to us from Kathy Echols at Midhill Farms in Martinez, CA, who has long specialized in growing Eremophila and other Australian plants.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Eremophila glabra 'Midhill'.