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TORENIA (BLUE MOON™)

Image of Torenia 'Dantmoon' (BLUE MOON™, MOON™ SERIES)

John Buettner

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

TORENIA 'Dantmoon'( BLUE MOON™, MOON™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Wishbone Flower

General Description

Torenia is an excellent low-growing, annual native to southeastern Asia that produces funnel-shaped, cool-hued flowers from summer to frost. The hybrid Blue Moon™ wishbone flower bears blooms in varying shades of violet-blue above spreading, low mounds of pale-green leaves. In cold weather, the foliage turns reddish green.

Blue Moon™ requires moist, humusy soils that are well-draining. In cool summer areas it can tolerate partial sun but in tropical or hot summer regions ensure it has partial to full shade. It is tolerant of high summer humidity but loathes drought. Use it as annual bedding, edging, and containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (2)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Blue, Indigo, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No