Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Scaevola aemula 'Purple Fanfare'

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - January

Common name -
Scientific name Scaevola aemula 'Purple Fanfare'
Family  Goodeniaceae

Genus: Latin, scaevola, little hand. Referring to the dried flowers supposedly resembling a withered hand.

Species: Latin, aemulus, rivalling, more or less equalling.

Distribution Occurs from south-eastern Queensland down the eastern seaboard as well as in western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia including Kangaroo Island. There are disjunct occurrences in southern Western Australia which could be referrable to other species such as Scaevola cuneiformis.
Native habitat Generally found along coastlines.

A spreading, sprawling groundcover with purple fan-shaped flowers.

Flowering/fruiting Blooms most of the year.

Location in Garden

We use this plant in our annual and perennial displays around the base of the Connections Garden, in the Visitor Centre Carpark and around Lakeside.


Relatively short-lived, it only lasts for 18 months to 2 years but it is such a spectacular plant that it’s worth the effort. It's ideal in mass plantings and also grows well in hanging baskets or containers. Plant in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil.




Scaevola aemula 'Purple Fanfare'

Scaevola aemula 'Purple Fanfare'

Scaevola aemula 'Purple Fanfare'