Scaevolas

Scaevola aemula

Fan-Flowers, Half-Flowers, Naupaka

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings

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

Special features

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.

Special features

Origin

Australia

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Ornamental

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

Personality

Family

Goodeniaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue, White

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free.

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