Of the more than 200 species of these Australian shrubs, just a few are grown in warmer parts of California and the Southwest. All tolerate aridity, heat, wind, and poor soil but like good drainage. All have slender stems that change direction abruptly and interlace to form dense growth. Some may become leggy, but all respond well to pruning. The common name comes from the flightless bird that eats the small fruits of some species. In North America, fruits are food for many birds and animals. Hummingbirds visit the flowers.Eremophila decipiens
Compact, spreading mound to 3 ft. high and wide. Leaves are about 1 in. long and seem to clasp the stems. Brilliant scarlet, slender-tubed blossoms to 1 in. long provide winter color for 2 to 3 months. Thrives without irrigation.
Native to California coast south of San Francisco Bay and to Channel Islands. Resembles A. lentifo...
Grows to 2–5 ft. tall and 2–4 ft. wide. Long stems bear 3-in. flowers with dark blue cente...
Ivy geraniums are perennials in mild climates, and annuals anywhere. They grow to 1–1 1/2 ft. ta...