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Torenia fournieri
Torenia fournieri

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Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
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Torenia fournieri

Wishbone Flower
Scrophulariaceae
Annuals

Compact, bushy annual from tropical Asia. Grows to 1 ft. tall and wide. Blooms from summer into fall; the flowers have stamens arranged in a wishbone shape. The species has pale lavender blossoms with deeper purple markings and bright yellow throats; a white-flowered form is also sold. Use as edging or in pots and window boxes. Summer Wave hybrids thrive in heat. The Moon series comes in a range of blue, purple and pink shades, as well as yellow and white, with contrasting markings. Plants sprawl nicely and grow to 6–10 in. high. Duchess strain is more compact (6–8 in. high and wide), offers blooms in four color combinations: light blue with a blue throat, blue with a white throat, deep blue with a blue throat, and pink with white a throat.

Sow seeds in pots and transplant to the garden after frost danger is past; or buy nursery plants. If grown in sun, keep roots cool with a mulch.

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