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Products > Eremophila maculata 'Diablo Valley'
 
Eremophila maculata 'Diablo Valley' - Spotted Emu Bush
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myoporaceae (Now Scrophulariaceae)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Eremophila maculata 'Diablo Valley' (Spotted Emu Bush) - A dense evergreen shrub that grows 3 to 4 feet tall and spreads to 4 to 6 feet wide with 1 to 2 inch long lance shaped green leaves and red flowers that have with yellow spots on the throat. Plants will be in bloom throughout the year if given occasional water but more seasonally mid-winter to early spring if kept drier. Plant in full to part sun in a fairly well drained soil - can perform well in clay, but only 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 15° F. Flowering is on new growth so an annual pruning or even shearing can be done in late spring after flowering to maintain a neater or more formal look. A great shrub for the mediterranean climate garden. Eremophila maculata 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 meaning "spot", "stain" or "speckle". 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 cultivar was a selected seedling at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. Our original stock of this plant from Kathy Echols of Midhill Farm who also provided the image on this page.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Eremophila maculata 'Diablo Valley'.