Arizona Living Landscape & Design

Eremophila Maculata Valentine

     

Eremophila Maculata Valentine or Emu Bush.

This is an evergreen shrub with lush, green foliage.  It will gro to 4' high by 5' wide and produces red tubular flowers from winter to early spring.  The leaves are tinged red in winter.  This is an excellent choice for gardens needing some winter color.  It has showy red-rose blooms that cover the foliage, is hardy to 15 degrees, and is extremely drought tolerant and does well in full sun. 
Plant in well drained soil and allow to dry out between watering.  Shear after blooming, usually in March to encourage bushiness and winter blooms.  It can be kept small and tight and resembles the sage bush.  Plant in a space that needs winter color.  It will be a striking contrast to other desert plants.