Wishbone Flower

Annuals

Summary

Compact plants with mounding habit provide an abundance of trumpet-shaped blooms with a wishbone inside. To successfully grow a wishbone flower plant, start seeds indoors a few weeks before outdoor soil will warm, or purchase small bedding plants at your local garden center. Or, sow seeds directly into the flower bed a week or so after the last frost date in your area. Seeds of the Torenia wishbone flower need light to germinate; cover lightly or simply press them gently into moist soil.

Description

Torenia fournieri, the bluewings or wishbone flower, is an annual plant in the Linderniaceae, with blue, white, or pink flowers that have yellow markings. It is typically grown as a landscape annual, reaching 12–15 in. tall. It has simple opposite or subopposite leaves with serrated edges.

Additional Info

Plant wishbone flowers in the spring after the threat of frost has passed. While they are annuals and will die once frost arrives in the fall, they grow quickly and bloom profusely from early summer all the way until when cold weather sets in. Moreover, the plants are deer-resistant and attractive to hummingbirds.


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  • Full Shade
  • Partial Shade
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Height:

6 - 8 in

Spread:

10 - in

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Watering

Ideally water should only be applied to the root zone - an area roughly 6-12” (15-30cm) from the base of the plant, not the entire plant. A soaker hose is a great investment for keeping plants healthy and reducing water lost through evaporation. Hand watering using a watering wand with a sprinkler head attached is also a good way to control watering. If the garden area is large, and a sprinkler is necessary, try to water in the morning so that plant foliage has time to dry through the day. Moist foliage encourages disease and mold that can weaken or damage plants.


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