Who doesn’t want to cover their shady spot with bright attractive Torenia flowers that flourish their mood? Well, I want and in my opinion, you should also consider the Torenia flower as one of those shiny plants.
Why? Well, you will get the answer as you complete reading this post.
In this post, I have covered everything you need to know before creating a beautiful section of Torenia flowers in your garden.
So, let’s know more about this wonderful plant species.
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Different Flower’s Colors of Torenia
This plant blooms generously and has a bright shade. Torenia has adorable bi-color or tri-color tube-shaped flowers. The plant’s blooms contrasting colors give them many fancy names.
The Bluewing, Clown flower, and Wishbone flower are some common names that indicate their beauty in one word.
Despite being an attention-grabbing flower, Bluewing is also long-lasting and doesn’t need much care to thrive. The famous name Bluewing refers to its purple-blue shade on the petals.
Torenia is an annual blooming flower that starts flowering in early of the summer and with minimal deadheading keeps up blooming till fall.
Historically , Torenia are native to Africa and Asia.
The name “the wishbone flower” refers to the shape of their stamens that grows on the opposite sides of the flower and meets in the middle. Aside, when you gently squeeze the flower petals wide, you’ll be able to see stamens.
They curve together to form a shape of Wise born. The plant grows about 10-12 inches tall and spread around 6-8 inches wide.
They have blue wing-shaped petals that are why it’s called Bluewing. However, sometimes Bluewing is also found in different colors like pink, yellow, purple, and white.
Quick Growing Guide
Wishbone flower, Bluewing, Clown flower
10-12 inches tall
full-sunlight and light shade
Average and well-drained
6.0 to 6.5
late spring to late summer
Yellow, white, purple, and pink
2 to 11
Africa and Asia
Where to plant
To be clear, Torenia can adapt to any location. But for proper growth, it’s better you plant them in an area, where they get morning sunlight as well as afternoon shade.
Because the plant relatively required heat around “70 degrees Fahrenheit” till the seeds germinated. After that, they’ll be able to handle cooler temperatures but, if you plant them in an area that’s very hot.
Especially in the summer, then they might die. To avoid this yield, plant them in the partial shadier area and water them at regular intervals.
When to plant
Wishbone flowers bloom in late spring. It is better to plant them in the early spring season, just after the winter. Planting in this time gives them sufficient time to get settled so that they can produce bloom later.
Growing Torenia is not difficult. Though, they take a bit longer to germinate as compared to other plants.
You can start seeding Torenia 8-9 weeks before the last frost date. As they do not transplant well, it’s better if you plant them in peat or paper pots.
Sow seeds in rich compost soil and cover the seed lightly with soil, as the seeds need sunlight to germinate. Keep the soil moist and do not bother the roots at the start.
After a few weeks, when you see the plant has grown at least 3 inches tall, then pinch the growing tip of the young plant to encourage bushier plants.