After a lot of debate with myself, I decided against purchasing the Easter Egg Bush (Eremophila racemosa) I had planned for this spring, and instead, went with another Eremophila species, E. hygrophana. It joins the Valentine Emu and Yellow Emu bushes I already have in my garden. This new Emu Bush has beautiful light purple flowers and silvery gray, fuzzy leaves.
When mature, the E. hygrophana can be mistaken for another shrub, Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) because the flowers and leaves on the E. hygrophana resemble enlarged versions of the L. frutescens flowers and leaves. Although the resemblance is there, these two are not even in the same family.
This plant is perfect for my desert garden because:
1. It takes full sun exposure in Phoenix
2. Tubular flowers attract hummingbirds
3. Flowers and foliage year-round
4. Stays small—about 2 feet high and wide
5. Needs minimal pruning and shaping
6. Looks good with all the yellow in my garden
7. Low water use
8. Hardy to 20º F