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Wishbone Flower

Botanical Name
Torenia fournieri
Height
6 to 12 inches
Width
6 to 9 inches
Flowers
Summer to frost: tubular, trumpet-shaped, two-lipped; pink, white, purple, yellow
Light
Part to full shade
Soil
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Requires consistent moisture
  • Prefers cool locations, provide protection from hot afternoon sun
  • Mulch soil to help retain moisture and keep the roots cool
  • Torenia comes by its common name because of the pair of yellow stamens at the throat of the flower that come together in the shape of a chicken wishbone
  • Great for shady locations in the garden
  • Attractive to hummingbirds
Problems
Root rot, powdery mildew
Varieties
  • Clown Series - All-America Selections winner in 1989, blue and white, burgundy, blue, pink, white, blue, rose, violet and a mixture, 8 inches tall
  • Compact Blue - 8 inches, blue flowers with yellow and violet blotch on the lip
  • Panda Series - blue or pink flowers

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