Scaevola calendulacea: is a member of the Goodeniaceae family and is appropriately known as the Dune Fan Flower.
Scaevola calendulacea is a spreading plant with stems that may reach 1 metre in length. Leaves are obovate or oblanceolate, shiny, succulent and up to 8 centimetres long.
Blue, fan-shaped flowers are about 2 centimetres across and are present throughout the year. They are followed by blue succulent fruits. Birds are partial to the fruits.
Scaevola calendulacea is widely distributed in coastal areas from Queensland through New South Wales and Victoria to South Australia. The Dune Fan Flower grows on cliffs, headlands and sand dunes. The species is a very important plant for soil and sand stabilisation in coastal areas.
Scaevola calendulacea flowers best in exposed, well-drained situations. Tip pruning will encourage dense foliage cover.
Cut flower stems have a long vase life.
Dune Fan Flower was cultivated in England as early as 1793. This was probably one of the first plants to be collected when Captain Cook and Sir Joseph Banks landed at Botany Bay. The Dune Fan Flower grows on the fore dune.
Scaevola calendulacea could be cultivated as a ground cover in well-drained native garden beds.
The specimen illustrated was growing in a raised garden bed in the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour.
This is one species that we intend introducing into the gardens at Yallaroo.
Propagate from cuttings.