Eremophila calorhabdos, Red Rod
Eremophila calorhabdos, Red Rod is a two metre high shrub with upright growth habit.
Leaves are green or grey, tightly clustered and serrated.
Before opening buds are orange-yellow then change to carmine when the flowers open. They are carried at the base of the leaves and appear from winter to summer. Honeyeaters visit the blooms.
Tip pruning will encourage dense growth and reduce the risk of plants becoming straggly.
This is a beautiful emu bush with its columns of flowers. The visual impact of native cottage gardens and rockeries would benefit from the inclusion of a couple of Red Rods.
E. calorhabdos is found in southern Western Australia.
The species was named in 1905 from material collected near Coolgardie, Western Australia.
The species name means beautiful wand whilst the common name refers to the colour of the flowers and the way they are carried, in large numbers, along the upright stems.
Propagate from cuttings. It is worth noting that most Eremophilas, Red Rod included, produce roots rapidly from cuttings.
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