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Scaevola aemula

Scaevola aemula
Scaevola aemula

Common name fanflower
Family goodeniaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z9-11)
Flowers various colors
Size 9-15"
Light sun-part shade

When well grown, scaevola offers a profusion of fan-shaped flowers over a low mound of bluntly toothed, spoon-shaped leaves. It is popular as a front-of-border bedding plant, where it can billow out over neighboring walkways a bit, and in planters. Flowers range from blue and purple to white. This is yet another plant that skitters right along the border of annual and hardy perennial here in Houston; it is definitely grown as a seasonal annual in most of the country. I bought it under the impression that it was a perennial (still getting used to the entirely different plant palette here as compared to Pennsylvania), so I'll have to add it to my long list of plants that will need some protection against the occasional January freezes in our area. At any rate, it works nicely as an annual – the photo at top right was taken less than a month after the one at top left (right after planting), and it has certainly expanded and filled out nicely.

Late October, and the small plant in the top photo has stretched to fill a good swath of the border, still blooming up a storm

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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