Eremophila bignoniiflora

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Eremophila bignoniiflora is spreading, weeping shrub that may reach a height of five metres by almost the same width. The branches are smooth and sticky.

Leaves are light green, long and strap-like. The flowers are large, tubular and usually cream with purple spots in the throat. Some plants have pale to deep pink blooms. The flowers are some of the largest in the genus. The flowering period extends from winter to spring with sporadic flowering at other times.

Eremophila bignoniiflora has a wide distribution and occurs in the drier areas of all mainland states.

 

 

 

In the garden

Judicious pruning will maintain the graceful weeping habit and prevent plants becoming straggly.

The wood is said to be fragrant, cross grained, hard and will take a high polish.

 

Propagation

Propagate from cuttings. We have found that the majority of eremophilas strike readily from cuttings.

Other information

The species was named by Baron von Mueller in 1859 from material collected along and near Coopers Creek, South Australia.

The species name refers to the flowers which are similar to those of the Bignoniaceae family.

Queensland Aborigines knew the species as Pombel.

 

By Warren and Gloria Sheather