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Scaevola aemula ‘New Wonder’, photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters
Scaevola aemula ‘New Wonder’, photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters

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Zones 8, 9, 14-24, H1, H2
Full Sun
Regular Water

Scaevola aemula

Ground covers, Perennials, Shrubs


Notable for flower form: blossoms are fan shaped, with all the segments on one side. Named for the Roman hero Mutius Scaevola, who burned off one of his hands to prove his bravery. Most are native to Australia, but some are beach plants from Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean. The Australian species are evergreen in mild-winter climates and nearly everblooming as well. In colder regions, where they are often grown as annuals, they bloom from late spring until frost and are useful in hanging baskets,window boxes, and pots.

Scaevola aemula

Perennial. FromAustralia. Variable. Some formsare prostrate, others upright to2 1/2 ft.; fleshy stems of somespread to 3 ft. wide, while thoseof others trail or sprawl to twicethat width. Bright green, 1 1/2–2-in.-long leaves; lavender-blue,1 1/2-in. flowers all along thebranches. Species availablemainly through its named varieties,with flowers in variousshades. ‘Blue Fan’ and ‘Blue Ribbon’ grow about 1 ft. highand slightly less wide. ‘FairyBlue’ and ‘Fairy White’ growabout 10 in. high and 2 ft. wide,as do ‘New Wonder’ (blue),‘Whirlwind Blue’, and ‘WhirlwindWhite’. ‘Top Pot Blue’ and ‘TopPot White’ grow 1 ft. high and3–5 ft. wide, while ‘Top PotPink’ grows just 3 ft. wide.

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