The fan flower (Scaevola aemula) is an excellent annual summer plant that can be grown as a bedding plant or in containers, window boxes, hanging baskets.
Native to Australia, the fan flower has become popular in the United States for its tolerance to heat and drought and resistance to pests.
Fan flower is a continuously growing annual herbaceous plant that eventually overflows to the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Fan flower belongs to the Scaevola genus that consists of over 130 tropical species.
Fan flowers can be 8 to 12 inches tall and 2 feet or more in length, depending on the variety. The delicate fan-shaped blooms have 5 petals that vary from white, pink, purple, or blue. Since the flowers are self-cleaning, there is no need to remove dead flowers.
Its small toothed oval leaves remain dark green all season. The rounded 2-inch leaves have slightly serrated edges on the prostrate, creeping stems.