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Products > Scaevola crassifolia Fandango™ ['Luedansca'] PPAF
 
Scaevola crassifolia Fandango™ ['Luedansca'] PPAF - Fandango™ Blue Scaevola
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Goodeniaceae
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Scaevola crassifolia Fandango™ ['Luedansca'] PPAF - A dense rounded shrub to 3 to 4 feet tall by as wide with thick orbicular dark green leaves that are tapered into a long petiole and have denticulate margins. The new emerging leaves are at first sticky but with age become glossy and smooth. Over an extended period from winter through to early summer with another wave in fall it puts on an abundant display of true blue five lobed fan-shaped flowers that are held in rounded clusters at the branch tips. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil and irrigate infrequently to occasionally. Hardy to short duration temperatures to 20°F. Tolerates coastal garden conditions. This selection is a compact selection of the species with exceptionally nice true blue flowers and should prove useful in locations with well draining soil as a specimen shrub or trimmed as a low hedge but can also be used as a container plant and it is noted to be attractive to butterflies and bees. One interesting aspect about this plant that we have notice is the foliage is aromatic with a skunky scent reminiscent of a high grade Cannabis - this aroma is not that noticeable out in the open, but is quite present when the plant is in an enclosed space such as in one's car on the way home from the nursery where it was purchased. Scaevola crassifolia is native to Western Australia and South Australia where it is found growing in full sun on sandy coastal sites where there is exceptionally free draining sandy soils. The origin of the name for the genus is confusing. It was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1771 without any explanation for the name but some considered it be from the Latin word 'scaevus' meaning "left-handed", alluding the one-sided hand shape of the flower with its five-lobed petals corolla while others contend that it is in reference to Gaius Mucius Scaevola, a possibly mythical ancient Roman youth famous for his bravery and who thrust his right hand into a fire without giving any indication of pain, thereby earning for himself and his descendants the name Scaevola, meaning "left-handed". The specific epithet comes from the Latin words 'crass' meaning "thick" and 'folia' meaning "leaves" in reference to the thicker leaves of this species. Common names include Cushion Fanflower, Thick-Leaved Fanflower and Thick-Leaved Scaevola. The cultivar 'Luedansca' is a Star Roses and Plants 2021 introduction with a US Plant Patent pending.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Scaevola crassifolia Fandango™ ['Luedansca'] PPAF.