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TORENIA (SUMMER WAVE® LARGE VIOLET)

Image of Torenia 'Sunrenilamu' (SUMMER WAVE® LARGE VIOLET, SUMMER WAVE® SERIES) PP15684

James H. Schutte

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

TORENIA 'SUNrenilamu'( SUMMER WAVE® LARGE VIOLET, SUMMER WAVE® SERIES) PP15684

Plant Common Name

Wishbone Flower

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Bred to be more heat tolerant than other torenias, these hybrids between Torenia fournieri and other torenia species produce relatively large flowers on long trailing stems. Tubular blooms with wide-flaring lips appear from spring until fall, continuing even through hot spells. Flower colors include blue, violet, white, and purple. Plants may be perennial in mild climates, but are used as bedding and container annuals in colder areas. Some self-sowing may occur. The paired mid-green leaves are oval and toothed.

Like most wishbone flowers, these have low drought tolerance and must be well watered when conditions are hot and dry. They need filtered bright light and organic-rich, evenly moist soil. They are ideal for hanging baskets, mixed borders, and walls. They are exceptional plants for annual plantings in areas with hot, sultry summers. Where there is no killing frost, wishbone flower may act as a short-lived perennial.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    6 - 1

  • 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

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2"-6" / 5.1cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Southern Asia, Southeastern Asia

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

    White, Blue, Purple, Pink, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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

    Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes