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Also called fan flower, the abundant blooms of scaevola are borne along fleshy deep green stems. This Australian native is heat- and drought-tolerant—a good plant to endure in the heat of the summer. The trailing and cascading habit makes them a natural choice for mixed containers and hanging baskets. Much of the breeding work has been done to increase flower quantities and size, as well as to offer new colors. Creating smaller, more compact plants has also been a priority, making them ideal for mixed containers.
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garden plans for Scaevola
Most commonly available in shades of blue, scaevola is also found in pink, white, and purple. No matter what color you choose, the fans or petals sport a bright yellow-and-white center in asymmetrical blooms that cover the plant throughout the growing season. The low-spreading or tumbling habit allows their use as a groundcover or planted in containers and window boxes.
Scaevola Care Must-Knows
These plants grew up in the arid Australian outback environment, so they have little problem dealing with summer heat and drought. Fan flowers will not tolerate wet soil. If you plan to plant them in a mixed container or hanging basket, use a general-purpose potting mix that will drain freely.
Plant scaevola in full sun. These tough plants relish the hot, dry weather of summer and put on their best displays in the heat. Their thick and fleshy foliage has also adapted to drought, retaining water for those dry spells.
Fan flowers don't require much maintenance. There is no need to worry about deadheading spent blooms. They may benefit from a pinch early on to encourage branching at the base. Few pests bother scaevola, but keep an eye out for aphids, thrips, or whiteflies that may occasionally appear.