Most would think that this annual would be delicate and hard to maintain. However, the scaevola plant takes the heat without wilting, and produces beautiful lavender-blue fan-like blooms all summer long. Since the scaevola is an Australian native, it’s great in sunny gardens and looks wonderful in pots and baskets in hot, dry spots that are difficult to keep watered.
Latin name : Scaevola Aemula
Type of Plant : Flower
Sun Exposure : Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Type : Loose with Organics
The best soils for growing fan flowers like to scaevola are loose and sandy with compost or organic additions. Cuttings need to be kept moderately moist in a warm location. Because scaevola is an Australian native the plants are heat tolerant and have almost no insect or disease problems. Scaevola is also self cleaning so you don’t have to remove the dead flowers to keep the plant in production.
Provide eight hours of sunlight per day. Water regularly but make sure the plant is in loose soil, as they do not perform well in boggy areas. Remove weed competitors around in ground plants. Perennial plants benefit from fertilizer applied in spring just as new growth commences.
The plant’s Latin name means ‘left-handed,’ referring to the one sided nature of the blooms.