Scaevola ‘Mauve Clusters’

Family: Goodeniaceae

Sceavola ‘Mauve Clusters’ is a dense, suckering ground cover that forms a mat that may reach a diameter of 1 metre, to about 0.3 m tall.

Scaevola ‘Mauve Clusters’ is a cultivar of Scaevola albida.

Scaevola have simple and mostly alternate leaves, sometimes sessile. In this cultivar, leaves are up to 5 cm long by 3 cm wide; obovate ato elliptic, toothed to entire and sessile; light to dark green in colour.

Scaevola spp. have flowers arranged in spikes, thryses or racemes, often with accomapnying bracts. Flowers are 5-merous with 5 sepals and 5 winged petals in a hand-fan-formation (hence the common names). There are usually 5 stamens and 1 carpel within. In this cultivar, flowers come in leafy spikes to 25 cm long, flowers are purplish-mauve, fan-shaped flowers about 1 cm across and are both profuse and conspicuous. Plants will carry blooms for many months.

The fruit of Scaevola albida is a fleshy and drupaceaous, not splitting open, to 3 mm long, ellipsoid in shape.

In the garden

‘Mauve Clusters’ has proved to be very hardy, long lived and free flowering. The suckering growth habit helps to increase the ground covering density.

It is best planted in some shade with reliable moisture. It is reported to be more reliable than other species.


Can be easily propagated from cuttings.

Other information

Scaevola spp. likely regenerate from seed after fire.

Scaevola is a genus of around 100 species, distributed through the tropical southern hemisphere as well as the Carribean. Australia has a reported 71 species of which 70 are endemic, occurring on the mainland only. NSW currently has 12 species.

Scaevola – named for the potentially mythical Roman hero Gaius Mucius Scaeva with the name reportedly meaning “left-handed” – referring to the appearance of the fan-flowers (although – for Australia species at least, they seem to appear equally left or right-handed).

albida – Latin meaning white – referring to the often seen white flowers on this species (can also be blue or purple).

‘Mauve Clusters’ – named for the colour of the flowers.

Australian Plants Online – Scaevola ‘Mauve Clusters’ sales page https://www.australianplantsonline.com.au/scaevola-aemula-fan-flower.html

Wrigley, J.W. & Fagg, M.I. (2001). Australian Native Plants – Propagation, cultivation and use in landscaping. 4th edition. New Holland Publishers, Pty. Ltd. Australia.



By Warren and Gloria Sheather. Editing and additional text by Dan Clarke