Scaevola aemula-Fan Flower, Etc.

Scaevola aemula (Fan Flower) after I brought it home on June 6, 2017.

Scaevola, Fan Flowers, Half Flowers, Fairy Fan Flower

Scaevola aemula

skee-VO-luh  EM-yoo-luh

Scaevola aemula R.Br. is the correct and accepted name for this species of Fan Flower. It was named and described by Robert Brown in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae in 1810.

The genus, Scaevola L., was named and described by Carl von Linnaeus in the 2nd edition of Mantissa Plantarum Altera in 1771.

The 1.1 version of the Plant List in 2013 said Scaevola aemula was an unresolved name, but Plants of the World Online by Kew say it is now accepted.

Plants of the World Online lists 78 accepted species of Scaevola. The 2013 version of The Plant List had a very long list of 252 unresolved names and only 14 that were accepted. There were also only 39 synonyms at the time. SO, I guess a lot of progress had been made since 2013. The Plant List is no longer maintained.


Scaevola aemula flowers on 6-6-17, #342-12.

I found this neat plant at Wagler’s Greenhouse while looking for plants for the refurbished south bed. I asked Mrs. Wagler what it was because the pots weren’t labeled and she said it was a Fan Flower. Although I had gone there to buy plants for the south bed, I had to have a Fan Flower. I had no idea what I was going to do with it…

Maybe I can find another Fan Flower in 2018 and take a better photo of the flowers. 🙂


Scaevola aemula on 7-1-17, #353-16.

After a month or so, I decided I would put it in the south bed because information online said they like the sun. It was pretty much burned to a crisp within a few days so I moved to the new shade bed. It continued to go downhill until it was no more. As an experienced gardener, I should have known better than to put a plant in full sun when its preferences are full sun to part shade. That pretty much means somewhere in the middle would be better where summers get hot. Information online says they “thrive” in hot, dry climates, so I just supposed it would be fine in the south bed.

Family: Goodeniaceae
Origin: Australia
Zones: USDA Zones 10a-11 (30 to 40° F)
Size: 6-18” tall x 12-24” wide
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Well-drained
Water: Average


Scaevola aemula ‘Scalora Brilliant’ after I brought it home on 5-5-18, #435-17.

I found another Scaevola aemula when plant shopping on May 5, 2018. This time I found one with a label that read “Scaevola ‘Scalora Brilliant’. Most likely that is also what the last one was. I decided I would put it in a larger pot instead of planting it in the ground. Now we shall see how it does.

The Fan Flower do well in containers such as hanging baskets which may also be brought inside in the fall for houseplants. Even plants in the ground can be potted up and brought inside. Cutting can also be taken in the late summer to overwinter inside. You can also purchase Scaevola seed.

Scaevola aemula are shrubby, sprawling, evergreen perennials in the native Australian habitat and other species are scattered out in other parts of the world where they mainly grow as prostrate shrubs.

I will continue adding more photos and information as time goes by.

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