Not sure whether this unusual flower is a ROUND-LEAF FANFLOWER  or a FAIRY FANFLOWER, but I do know it’s genus is Scaevola.  I just hate it when my encyclopaedias and the internet have conflicting information as I’m just an amateur when it comes to gardening and don’t have the time, or inclination, to spend hours trying to work out what is right, what is wrong OR even……..whether its just a flower/plant with various Common Names.

If I had a real in-ground garden, instead of 12-15 potted plants on a tiled balcony, this is one plant I’d grow.  Gosh, I could even grow it now (in a container), but at the moment, I grow mainly Herbs and a few leafy green vegetables (plus a couple of long-flowering plants).  After last summer’s highly successful tomato crop on my west-facing balcony, next Spring I might even try some other sun-loving vegetables that can be successfully grown in containers, but I do prefer the quicker yielding leafy crops.

I love blue or purple/blue flowers and this became a favourite after I made the first photos some years ago.

Scaevolas are fan-shaped Australian flowers in shades of purple-blue, lilac or blue and I love the profusion of blooms that cascade over the waist-high rockery area near The Plant Cottage in the north-west corner of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne  

They’re great ground-covers and really do look pretty.


14 thoughts on “ROUND-LEAF or FAIRY FANFLOWER? (Scaevola)

  1. Scaevola is really pretty, Vicki and the colour is such an intense blue. It would look very eye-catching growing on your balcony.

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    1. I agree, Jane, but I’ve keen to get some Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena and a Perennial Basil, so those herbs, together with Tomatoes might be enough next Summer. I’ve been trying to get a Lemon Verbena like the one I had growing in the Community Garden in my old apartment, but without a car to go elsewhere, Bunnings seem to be sadly lacking.

      I ask at the local Bunnings plant centre every time I go now LOL I wish family or friends lived closer to take me to a different garden centre. I might have to try buying online. Have you ever done that?


      1. I do a lot of buying online, Vicki, and there’s never been a problem. It’s a way to get things that are a bit different from what you see at Bunnings. You have to be prepared to pay an extra whack for postage, though.

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    1. It certainly is a stunning one, Pete. It’s tiny, but oh so pretty with the flowers forming rings on the branches (once the flowers are in full bloom and the plants more mature).

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    1. I could even see them on a woodland floor, Terry. It’s a fairly shady area where I shot the photos in this post, but once they spread and have many flowers, from a distance it reminds me of the sea of Bluebells in the woods where I lived in Sussex, U.K. for about 6 months in 1978.

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    1. Yes, definitely from Australia, but it’s interesting to read that they are now found in several other countries/continents.


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