Photo Courtesy of Syngenta Flowers

Scaevola aemula 'Bombay White Imp'

Fan Flower

Scaevola is a great plant to add to any floral environment. Its high versatility makes it a wise choice for potted combinations or garden ground coverage. Create beautiful potted combinations and garden landscapes with these unique fan flowers. Feature with succulents and other exotic looking plants for a unique floral experience.

The Bombay series, bred by Syngenta, is compact in nature with a trailing habit and full sun tolerance. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Bombay White features crisp white blooms. This variety has a spread of 14-18 inches, a space of 10-14 inches, and a height of 6-10 inches.

Height: 6-10 Inches

Spread: 14-18 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 10 - 11

Color: White

Interesting Notes:

Scaevola is a semi-trailing to trailing annual and tender perennial, grown for its perpetual display of curiously shaped flowers. This low, shrubby, evergreen perennial is a familiar annual in areas outside its hardiness range. Scaevola is native to eastern and southern Australia. The fleshy, trailing to mounding stems of Scaevola are crowded with small, bright green, oval leaves with toothed edges, and small delicate flowers which display as an elegant fan. This explains why it is commonly known as the fan flower, based on the shape of their blooms. Numerous white, purple, or lavender flowers, shaped like Japenese fans, appear year round in frost free areas or from late spring to the first fall of frost in colder regions. Also, the flowers are mildly frangrant in the evening.

Scaevola is commonly featured in hanging baskets, as a border crop, or for mass planting. The taller and fuller varieties go nicely as mixed fillers in the garden. Scaevola grows best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil, and is a full sun exposure flower. A unique feature of Scaevola is that they have unusual fan shaped flowers with bright lush foliage. Scaevola will continuously bloom all season long, as the weather permits. Key features of this variety include heat and drought tolerance, deer resistance, and no deadheading required.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Finding a fresh young plant, without dying foliage or wilting flowers is very important. Look for rich green foliage and sturdy blossoms, if present, as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you, and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Scaevola is a full sun annual that thrives in the heat. The best time for planting your plant is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Scaevola will not tolerate frost; be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If your plant is indoors, be sure it is getting proper sun exposure, as it is a full sun plant. Scaevola will last from late spring, through the summer, until the finish of fall. They are good pioneer plants in the garden, until other plants become more established.

Scaevola is a low maintenance plant that is heat tolerant. While it has a high tolerance level, water application a few times a week is still necessary, and fertilizer or compost application is recommended to ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant’s main stem, avoiding wetting the plant’s foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. Scaevola require a good moisture level but must be well drained. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level. Your Scaevola will bloom continuously all season.

Preparing the ground for your plants is always an important key to maintaining healthy plants. Pests like slugs and snails are attracted to the environment created in flower gardens and landscaping. Prevention of these types of pests includes clearing the area of holes where such pests can live. Aphids and thrips may also pose a threat to your Scaevola, but are usually taken care of by predator insects. These tiny pests usually hide on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see because of their small size.
Scaevola flowers attract butterflies, adding a touch of beauty to your garden while promoting pollination and plant growth.

Characteristics & Attributes:

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Butterflies


  • No Deadheading
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Mini Flower

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

  • Hanging Baskets
  • Versatile
  • Ground Cover
  • Window Boxes
  • Edging
  • Trellis / Wall
  • Container
  • Rock Garden
  • Border
  • Texture
  • Mass Planting


  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Dark Green


  • Trailing

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist
  • Well Drained
  • Average