Eremophila alternifolia (Narrow-leaf Fuchsia Bush)
I was thinking about drought tolerant plants while collecting cuttings and taking photos this morning. It’s amazing how hardy some plants are. There is not a drop of moisture in the subsoil after a very dry winter.
Some Eremophilas are flowering. They are the plants that will survive the driest conditions. They need to be pruned to prevent straggly growth, or the leaves being above your head while you look at bare woody branches. Some can be chopped back to the stump and will sprout prolifically. Many prefer quite heavy soil, so long as the drainage is good. Eremophila alternifolia is one of these. This one needs to be tip prune regularly to maintain a neat bush.