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The blooms of this species resemble tiny fans, unfolded against the summer heat. Perennial in its native Australia, fan flower is a favorite for use in annual combinations elsewhere. Very heat tolerant.
Fan flowers are very drought-tolerant, so only water when the soil feels dry. Keep transplants well-watered for the first few weeks until they become established.
To coax the most prolific bloom production from fan flower, fertilize your plants regularly using a water-soluble fertilizer or a slow-release granular fertilizer added to the soil at planting time, following the dosage recommendations given on the package. Container-grown plants may need more frequent fertilizing to keep them looking their best.
Fan flowers don't need deadheading, but they may benefit from pinching back of the stems if they become too leggy. This will help to stimulate new growth and make your plants look fuller.