Silky Emu Bush: Eremophila nivea Grafted

This has to be one of the most tactile of native plants, rivalled closely by Adenanthos sericeus, with its silver white foliage and hundreds of purple flowers it is a coveted specimen for many gardeners. The bees love it too as you can see in the image above.



Eremophila nivea is absolutely striking even when not in flower, nivea Latin niveus means snow or snow white, referring to the overall appearance of the shrub, this silver colour contrasts easily with other greens in the garden and make this a stunning feature shrub. Eremophila nivea is from Western Australia and therefore dislikes the weather and soil on the east coast and needs to be grafted if it is to survive here. Two common varieties are Eremohpila nivea ‘Blue Velvet’ and Eremophila nivea ‘Beryls Blue’, they vary slightly in foliage and flower colour.


The main reason for this post is that Eremophila nivea loves to be pruned, it should say ‘please prune me!’ on the label. The plant in this blog post receives pruning twice a year, nothing major just an all over tip prune to shape. This is done for two reasons, the first is to thicken it up and encourage flowers the second is to strengthen the plant. Because this is a fast growing species and quite dense it can easily snap in strong winds, especially after rain when it is top heavy. I planted this specimen 2 and 1/2 years ago and it has never looked so amazing!



Eremophila nivea Grafted can also be grown very successfully in pots if you don’t have a free daring soil or raised bed. Keep watering to a minimum and only water the soil around the root zone, don’t forget to tip prune and you should end up with a beautiful full snow-cloud of a plant dotted with purple 😉

17 thoughts on “Silky Emu Bush: Eremophila nivea Grafted

  1. Karen Kiddey on

    Hi could you please reply to my email address to let me know if you sell these grafted Eremophila Nivea plants. If so what size would they be and how much please. Thanks kindly. Karen

  2. Sharon walpole on

    My plant is turning brown and does not look very healthy. It is in a pot and I have kept watering to a minimum. Can you advise whether I should repot or prune. It has flowered this year.

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Sharon,

      It may be time to pot it up with some fresh native mix potting mix, especially if it has been in the same pot for more than 18 moths and has put on a lot of new growth.
      I would also give it a light prune after flowering of 15-20%
      Hope this info helps,



  3. Sally Riemann on

    Would this beautiful specimen be happy planted in a garden bed agajnetthe house facing south?

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Sally,

      That depends how much direct sun it would receive and if the the soil is well drained or not?



    • Caroline on

      Hi I don’t know how to help my plant. It looks thin and is longer thick and fluffy. My soil is clay although I have added top soil and gypsum. I have only pruned it once in four years and I am unsure if I should prune it more. I pruned it just before winter. What is the life span of this plant? Might the roots be rotting as that has been the case for several other natives in my garden. Please help.

      • Kath Gadd on

        Hi Caroline,

        The Eremophilas appreciate a tip prune once or twice a year, if you can prune after flowering that will help the shrub stay dense and compact.
        If you haven’t done it for a while I would suggest taking about 20% off all over and giving it some native slow release fertiliser.

        Good Luck!


  4. Sarah on

    I’m wondering if these would be ok in Bathurst NSW. We get the hot summers but we do get frosts in winter a lot. Can they survive frost?
    Cheers Sarah

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Sarah,

      Yes I think Eremophila Nivea grafted form would be fine in Bathurst, as long as humidity is low and the frosts aren’t too severe it should thrive there.

      Best Wishes,


  5. Luke R on

    I have some of the plants but now there is no silver leaves only green.
    Is this from the graft plant maybe?

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Luke,

      Yes it sounds like the root stock has taken over, can you still see where the graft is?

      Best Wishes,


  6. chrisi Johnston on

    I have two of these plants, I love them so very pretty and soft, when is the best time for grafting and how do I graft this plant as never grafted before? Mine is looking a bit wild so trimmed tips, grows very quickly.

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Chris,

      I have never grafted either, I buy Eremophila nivea already grafted.
      Angus Stewart covers grafting natives in his books,

      Good luck!


  7. Maureen Jarvis on

    I had a eremnophila nivea which thrive for 2 years but up died over night, what could the problem be, is it shallow rooted or deep rooted , my soil is 1 foot deep when it hits clay and builders rubble. I now have a new one and don,t want to loose it Maureen

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Maureen,

      Was your Eremophila grafted? whereabouts in Australia are you located?



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