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Wishbone flower

Torenia fournieri

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Torenia fournieri 'Clown Series'

Wishbone flower is a small, bushy annual that is especially valuable because it blooms abundantly in shady conditions. The species has lilac-blue flowers with deep purple lower lips and a yellow-blotched throat. Cultivars are available in many colors including pink, rose, white, and burgundy. It’s a great choice for edging and containers. Container plants may be brought indoors for winter bloom.

CareProvide consistently moist, rich soil in partial shade. It doesn't like hot and humd weather. Pinch young plants to produce a bushier habit.

PropagationStart seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date at 64°F or sow seed directly in the garden just before last frost date.

ProblemsNo serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to root rot and powdery mildew.

  • Genus : Torenia
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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