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Eremophila decipiens - Slender Emu Bush
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myoporaceae (Now Scrophulariaceae)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Eremophila decipiens (Slender Fuchsia Bush) - A low sprawling shrub to 3 to 4 feet tall by as wide with interlacing square stems bearing narrow 1 1/2 inch long slightly wavy lance-shaped leaves that are serrulate near the tips. Over a long period from late summer through late spring (nearly year-round) appear the reddish orange nearly tubular 1 inch long flowers held on a long thin S-shaped (sigmoidally curved) pedicel. The flowers have a lower lip recurved under and 4 petal lips recurved upwards with stamens well exerted beyond. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and requiring little to no irrigation once established. Cold hardy to around 25° F. Responds well to pruning. This is a showy long flowering and reliable shrub that requires little care and is a great addition to a perennial or dry garden and also useful in containers. Unlike many other Eremophila that are insect pollinated, this species is pollinated by birds and is quite attractive to Hummingbirds. This is a selected form of Eremophila decipiens ssp. decipiens, a taxon that grows naturally over and extensive area from the south-west of Western Australia east to southern parts of South Australia on the Eyre Peninsula. The name for the genus comes from 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 a Latin word meaning "deceiving" or "false" in reference to the similarity of this species to Eremophila glabra, which differs in not having the "s-shaped" pedicel. Another common name for this plant is narrow-leaved fuchsia bush. We first received this plant in 2017 from Kathy Echols at Midhill Farms.  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 decipiens.