Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
Scaevola aemula 'Purple Fanfare'
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - January
|Common name ||-|
|Scientific name ||Scaevola aemula 'Purple Fanfare'|
|Etymology || |
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.|
|Description || |
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 itís 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.
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