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Fairy Fan Flower

Scaevola aemula

Also known as

Common Fanflower

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Fairy Fan Flower Overview

Scaevola consists of more than 130 tropical species, with the center of diversity being Australia and Polynesia. Most Australian Scaevola have dry fruits and sprawling, herbaceous to shrubby habits. By contrast, nearly all species outside Australia have shrub habits with fleshy fruit making dispersal by frugivores easy. Most common in gardens are the spreading, perennial ground cover that bears fan-shaped bright blue flowers with white centres throughout summer. It is ideal for planting in hanging baskets and enjoys full sun.

Common problems with Fairy Fan Flower

Generally problem free.

    Fairy Fan Flower Companion Plants

    Try combining Scaevola aemula with plants like bidens, Cape daisy (Osteospermum ‘Symphony Yellow’), marguerite daisy (Argyranthemum ‘Butterfly’), or Dahlberg daisy.

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    How to harvest Fairy Fan Flower

    Not harvested

    How to propagate Fairy Fan Flower


    Root soft wood cuttings in late spring or summer with bottom heat.

    Special features of Fairy Fan Flower

    Pot plant

    Make good container plants and hanging baskets, as the stems hang down the sides. Place in a sunny position and increase the watering.

    Drought resistant

    Can tolerate short periods of drought.

    Other uses of Fairy Fan Flower


    Grown as a ground covering shrub in gardens and often used in pots or hanging baskets.