August 24th, 2008
These are just a few of the Eremophilas – or is it Eremophili? – presently flowering around Copley. The eremophila, meaning desert lover, is a identifiable by its distinctive flower, although the foliage comes in a vast array of shapes and sizes from large blue-green shrubs to dark wiry ground covers. Many of the species of the Eremophila genera thrive in Copley’s arid alkaline clay conditions, including Maculata, Decipiens, Youngii, Drumondii, Glabbra, Biserrata, Subteretifolia, Stenophylla, Dicroantha, some of which are pictured here. These are a clear winner for greening Copley!
If you’re in Port Augusta feast your eyes on the incredible range growing at the Arid Lands Botanical Garden where you can buy several species from their enthusiastic volunteer run nursery open on Wednesday mornings at a very reasonable price.
Information on cultivating Eremophilas is offered by the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants, and keep an eye out for seedlings at the upcoming community markets.