Torenia Plant – A growing guide

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Torenia Plant

Torenia plant

Flowering torenia plants are beautiful in full bloom

Annual Flower, Houseplant

Botanical name: Torenia fournieri
Family Classification: Scrophulariaceae Family

(Also known as Wishbone Flower)

This annual flower features colorful, Gloxinia-like flowers in shades of pink, white and purple. They are known for their prolific bloomage in the fall and take an  almost dwarf shrub form. It is given its common name the Wishbone Flower due to the shape of the flower head which consists of two stamens, which touch at the top forming a shape of a wishbone.


Part shade
Bloom time
Mid-summer, Late summer, Early fall, Mid-fall
0.66 to 1 feet

Torenia plant in bloom

How To Plant Your Torenia Plants

Propagate by seed. Start seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before the last spring frost. Do not cover the seeds, as they need light to aid the germination process. Make sure to keep the soil moist and at a temperature of 70 F to 75 F which is perfect for germination. The torenia plant can take 7 to 17 days to emerge, once they have emerged they can handle cooler conditions, to keep the plants looking bushy pinch the plants back.

Torenia Plant Varieties

Clown mix

8” tall plants with bicolor flowers in pink and white, lilac and white, and purple and white. the lower lips have a yellow spot.

Site Characteristics

The torenia plant prefers moist, well-drained soil.

SunlightPart shade
Soil conditionsRequires well-drained soil
Special locationsIndoors as a houseplant

Plant Traits

Flowering torenia plants are two-lipped and have a spot of yellow on the lower lip.

Height0.66 to 1 feet
Spread0.5 to 0.75 feet
Bloom time
  • Mid-summer
  • Late summer
  • Early fall
  • Mid-fall
Flower color
  • Purple
  • White
  • Yellow
Foliage color
  • Dark green
Foliage textureMedium

Special Considerations

One of the benefits of having torenia plants in your garden is that they attact hummingbirds

Special characteristics
    • Non-aggressive
    • Non-invasive
    • Not native to North America
    • Native to Asia and Africa