Scaevola ramosissima: is a member of the Goodeniaceae family and is sometimes known as the Snake Flower.
Scaevola ramosissima is a dwarf, usually spreading perennial herb. The species has horizontal stems that may extend for at least one metre. The leaves are linear to broadly lance-like, deep green, sessile and often hairy.
The large flowers are about 3.5 centimetres across and pale violet to purple. Sometimes white or pink forms occur. Flowers are profuse and conspicuous. Plants may carry flowers at any time.
Scaevola ramosissima occurs in
Queensland, New South Walesand Victoria. We have observed this species in the Blue Mountains, of New South Walesand the Southern Highlands, south of . The large flowers are an eye-catching feature as the stems trail along the ground. Sydney
Scaevola ramosissima prefers well-drained soils in full sun or semi-shade.
The species is an ideal rockery plant and could also be cultivated in a native cottage garden.
Pruning stems will encourage new growth and a flush of flowers.
The Snake Flower was first cultivated in
in 1827. The species was then known as Scaevola hispida. England
The species name, ramosissima, means much branched.
Propagate from cuttings.