Scaevola Species, Fairy Fan Flower, Fanflower

Scaevola aemula

Family: Goodeniaceae
Genus: Scaevola (skee-VO-luh) (Info)
Species: aemula (EM-yoo-luh) (Info)
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Medium Green


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Wetumpka, Alabama

Cottonwood, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Mohave Valley, Arizona

Glen Avon, California

Madera, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Pedley, California

Rancho Santa Fe, California

Rubidoux, California

San Diego, California

Sunnyslope, California

Brooksville, Florida

Deland, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Navarre, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Benton, Kentucky

Marbury, Maryland

Suitland, Maryland

Madison Heights, Michigan

Laurel, Mississippi

Las Vegas, Nevada

Averill Park, New York

Brooklyn, New York

Glen Head, New York

Tipp City, Ohio

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Honesdale, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Fort Worth, Texas

Leander, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Paris, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Woodway, Texas

Martinsville, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Huntington, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 31, 2016, jlconcepts from Tulsa, OK (Zone 6a) wrote:

While we have not grown these ourselves yet we have seen that local nurseries are growing it very, very well in our zone (6a) which is not listed in the description as one of the zones it'll grow in. We plan to grow it ourselves next year but I wanted to add that just in case anyone else in our zone was wondering if it would grow well.


On Jun 29, 2015, RSFGardener from Rancho Santa Fe, CA wrote:

We're in San Diego County, about 10 miles inland, where it's a bit hotter and dryer than the coast. These Scaveola seem to be doing well with twice a week watering. A neighbor had a bunch of it thriving on a strip of what appears to be very dry dirt. Not all of our plants are faring so well with the new CA water restrictions. We planted some purple, white and pink ones in the front yard. They spread and bloomed all year round. The bees seem to love the purple ones in particular.


On Dec 21, 2012, oldhen28 from Paris, TX wrote:

These were all over town 2 years ago in our 75462 area(7a) and also about 100 miles NW of us. They are native to Australia and, according to a source there, note they do have to be watered well but they even withstand the very hot Out Back sun. They don't require deadheading and bloom profusely in our 80 -100+ temperature all summer clear through frost.


On Sep 25, 2012, Raebeling from Cottonwood, AZ wrote:

In Cottonwood, Arizona: very hot/dry. Did extremely well in container in hot location, continuous blooms all summer. Watered once/day (heat high 90's to 105). Good color.


On Sep 15, 2012, sunsetgarden from Port Orford, OR wrote:

Is this plant deer resistant? Southern Or. Coast

Sunset Garden - Joan McDow


On Sep 10, 2012, gardenforKathy from Virginia Beach, VA wrote:

I too have found the fan flower truly heat tolerant with bountiful flowers without need of deadheading. it has been beautiful in pots as long as I water daily and twice daily on really hot days. So beautiful that I would like to keep them over the winter, which in zone 7b can be rather cold. Has anyone been successful in bringing them indoors or using cuttings to restart in the spring?


On Aug 6, 2012, dixiebell0 from Sandersville, MS wrote:

This is the first year to use this plant. I love it!! It has lived through some of our worst heat and high humidity and just thrived.


On May 29, 2011, CTYankeegirl from Mystic, CT wrote:

Our town planted these last summer by the firehouse. They were absolutely gorgeous & bloomed from early summer through the frost. We had one of the worst summers last year, heat-wise; it was 90+ for most of it and as other annuals succumbed to the baking heat, these beauties just kept blooming! They are amazing! I finally found the name of them & bought some myself for this year. A terrific hot weather flower!!!! I'll always have these in my front yard from now on!


On Jul 4, 2010, nicholtammy from Huntsville,
Canada wrote:

I just bought the plant in flower one white and one purple I will put in a sunny spot thank you.


On Aug 3, 2008, dp72 from Woodway, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

takes blazing Texas sun without complaint so long as it's watered often enough. when the temps are 100 or more that is twice a day (container plants). the purple and pink seem equally hardy.


On Jul 23, 2007, marysgarden from Wetumpka, AL wrote:

Great as annual in Alabama's hot humid summers. Survived one very mild winter in our 7b zone, but normally going to grow as an annual.


On May 19, 2004, bayouposte from Bossier City, LA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Fan flower was a constant joy last year, and I bought another this year and hope to make successful cuttings.


On May 18, 2004, Rarri from Glen Head, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a great sun loving plant... blooms continually from May thru October.. I have a yard lined with baskets of this plant on my fence..It does need to be thoroughly watered when the weather is hot..but often I see it completley wilted and revives within 12 hours when I give it a good drink.. So if you have a sunny spot.. try it.. you will love it..


On Oct 18, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Only widely available since last year, scaevola is ideal for baskets or planters, with stems that overflow the sides while gracefully arching upwards. Vivid purple-blue flowers elicit admiration from visitors. Quite drought-resistant for a flowering plant, too. Nobody seems to know how long it will live in Nor.Cal or whether it needs to pruned for the winter, since it's so new. Note that when it was first transplanted (I have 3 of them in wall planters), however, it literally sulked for almost two months, losing flowers and looking ready to die. Then it settled in and within three weeks (May) was covered with blooms -- it is now mid-October and still blooming vigorously. It gets good south sun and is amongst white lantana, red-flowering aptenia, and jasmine, spilling over a concrete block ... read more