E.nivea can be grown from cuttings but the foliage may easily rot under misting conditions. [3], This species is classified as "Threatened Flora (Declared Rare Flora — Extant)" by the Department of Environment and Conservation (Western Australia)[6] and an Interim Recovery Plan has been prepared. [2][3], The first formal description of this species was published in 1986 by botanist Robert Chinnock and the description was published in Nuytsia. Eremophila nivea – emu bush Eremophila nivea – emu bush A beautiful silvery foliaged shrub with purple tubular flowers in spring and summer. Silky eremophila, Emu bush, Silky emu bush. Other names. Flowering occurs from August to October and the fruits which follow are dry, woody, oval-shaped with a pointed end and 4.5–6 mm (0.18–0.24 in) long. Eremophila nivea, commonly known as silky eremophila, is a flowering plant in the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae and is endemic to Western Australia. Listed as Endangered under the EPBC Act* (facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the short term, as determined in accordance with prescribed criteria). Eremophila nivea is an erect shrub which grows to a height of between 0.8–1.6 m (3–5 ft). Needs good drainage and a sunny spot. Its branches, leaves and sepals are covered with a layer of soft white to greyish matted hairs giving the plant a silvery-greyish appearance. Eremophila nivea is an erect shrub which grows to a height of between 0.8–1.6 m (3–5 ft). [2] It grows in sandy clay and clay-loam. [2], Eremophila nivea is only known in the wild from near Three Springs in the Avon Wheatbelt and Yalgoo biogeographic regions. E.nivea is one of the most spectacular members of the genus. Cultivation of the E.nivea in a container probably provides the best chance of success in humid climates as this makes it easier to provide the necessary growing conditions. They are generally plants of inland and arid areas and are popular with Australian plant enthusiasts. However, during extremely dry periods, it responds well to deep soakings. In nature it is a rare shrub with hairy branches and leaves, and blue, purple or violet flowers. A number of treatment methods have been tried including sowing the ripe fruits, sowing of aged and washed fruits and splitting the fruits to extract the seeds prior to sowing. Classified as 2E under the ROTAP * system. [4] The specific epithet (nivea) is a Latin word meaning "snowy" or "snow-white"[5] in reference to the colour of the hairs on the branches and leaves of this species. South Western Australia on sandy clay and clay loam. * EPBC Act = Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999;   ROTAP = Rare or Threatened Australian Plants (Briggs and Leigh, 1988)  For further information refer the Australian Plants at Risk page. [6] Only a few populations are known, some of which are in danger of roadworks as they occur on road verges. [8], Threatened Flora (Declared Rare Flora — Extant), Department of Environment and Conservation (Western Australia), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Eremophila_nivea&oldid=980941298, Use Australian English from February 2016, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 September 2020, at 11:02. Its branches, leaves and sepals are covered with a layer of soft white to greyish matted hairs giving the plant a silvery-greyish appearance. Eremophila nivea is a small shrub to about 1 -1.5 metres high by a similar width. The plant is reported to be frost sensitive. The latter involves splitting the fruits in halves and quarters but some seeds are inevitably damaged during the process. The soft leaves are linear to lance-shaped to about 30 mm long by 4 mm wide. [2][3], The flowers are borne singly or in pairs in leaf axils on woolly stalks 2–5.5 mm (0.08–0.2 in) long. In those areas, the hairy foliage is subject to fungal diseases which are difficult to control. It will grow in most soils, is both drought and frost tolerant but needs to be grown in full sun. It has very hairy stems and foliage giving the plant a very distinctive silvery appearance. The mauve or lilac coloured flowers are about 20 mm long and tubular in shape. Botanical name. It benefits from regular pruning after flowering to preserve its shape and to help prevent fungal diseases. [7], Although rare in nature, silky eremophila is often available in specialist nurseries with its popularity in part due to its soft, silvery-grey foliage and pale to deep blue flowers. There are 5 overlapping, triangular to lance-shaped, tapering sepals which are 14–21 mm (0.6–0.8 in) long and have purplish-black tips.

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