Wishbone Flower Profile

Written by Maggie

Sep 18 2021

Wishbone Flower Profile

Wishbone Flower, scientific name Torenia fournieri, is the whole grass of the monocolored butterfly grass of the branch of Shampholipopsis, which is a light-loving plant. It can tolerate shade, not cold, and can sow itself. It likes good drainage of soil. It has the effect of clearing away heat and detoxification.

Wishbone Flower Picture

Wishbone flower

Wishbone Flower Morphological Characteristics

Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri) is an annual herb, plant height about 15 ~ 25 cm, smooth stem, a long heart, leaf edge has serrated opposite leaves, autumn leaves will become red, peanuts at the top of the plant, flower like a small goldfish mouth, very lovely.

Colors aref white, purple, pale pink, peach, deep purple.

Wishbone Flower heat resistance is very strong, large amount of flowers, flowers lively and lovely, the amount of garden is gradually increasing flower bed flowers, continuous flowering characteristics and strong heat resistance, so that wishbone flower becomes an important decorative flower bed flowers in hot summer.

Wishbone Flower plant height is 15-30 cm, plant shape neat and close. Wishbone Flower square stem branching many, was scattered.

Leaves are opposite, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, margin serrate, petiole half as long as a leaf, reddish in autumn. Flowers are terminal or axillary (2-3 inflorescences) on the upper stem, corolla labiate, calyx enlarged, calyx tube with 5 ribbed wings.

Flowers are blue, corolla variegated (upper lip pale snow blue, lower lip pansy purple, throat yellow.

Flowers are axillary or terminal raceme, color has purple cyan, peach, blue purple, deep peach and purple, small seeds. Cauline is square, branched many, in the form of spreading. Leaves are opposite, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, margin serrate, petiole half as long as a leaf, reddish in autumn.

Flowers are terminal or axillary (2-3 inflorescences) on the upper stem, corolla labiate, calyx enlarged, calyx tube with 5 ribbed wings. Flowers are blue, corolla motley (upper lip pale snow blue, lower lip pansy purple, throat yellow). Flowering period is from July to October.

Wishbone Flower Distribution

Wishbone Flowers (Torenia fournieri) are native to the Indochina Peninsula, tropical and subtropical Asia, mostly grown in Vietnam.

Wishbone Flowers Ecological Habits

Wishbone Flowers (Torenia fournieri) like high temperature, heat resistance, peasant to light, resistant to half shade, the soil requirements are not strict. It grows vigorously, requires little fertilizer, and blooms profusely on moderately rich, moist, sunny soil.

Wishbone Flower is light - loving, shade - tolerant, cold - resistant, self - sowing, soil drainage is good. 

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Wishbone Flower Care

With fertile loam or sandy loam for the best, drainage, sunshine needs to be good. Wishbone Flowers love warm, suitable for growth appropriate temperature about 15 ~ 30 degrees Celsius. 


Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri) is a positive plant, sunshine needs to be sufficient.


Although wishbone flowers can tolerate drought, the soil needs to be kept moist to help them grow. 


If the growth is good, there is no need to fertilize, but if the growth is not good, you can use a variety of organic fertilizers or three elements, top dressing 1 ~ 2 times a month. 

Wishbone Flowers Propagation

Sowing Propagation

Sowing is the most commonly used method of Wishbone Flower planting, spring sowing, South China should be autumn sowing. When grown indoors, seeds can be planted all year round.If the flowers bloom in August, they should be planted around May 5.

The suitable temperature for germination is 20 to 30℃, and it can germinate about 10 to 15 days after sowing. The seeds are powdery and should be moisturized when sowing. Transplant when the seedlings are 10 cm high.

Wishbone Flower is generally in the spring sowing, because the seeds are small, can be mixed with some fine sand species, after sowing not covered with soil, but to use a film to cover moisture, after sowing with immersion watering method. About 10 days or so of germination, remove the film after the emergence of seedlings, placed in a well-lit and well-ventilated place, to be straight leaves 5 or plant height has reached 10 centimeters can be transplanted.

Cultivation should be placed in the place with sufficient sunlight. In order to keep the flower and color gorgeous, it is necessary to apply organic fertilizer as the base fertilizer before cultivation, and apply chemical fertilizer or organic fertilizer two or three times during the growing period to maintain the fertility of the soil.

Cutting propagation

Wishbone Flower cuttings propagation generally in 5 ~ August, choose strong branches as cuttings, generally with 2 to the leaves, usually 3 ~ 5 days root, in the root before the appropriate shading, after the root should be removed shade, let the plant gradually accept the sun, rapid growth, cuttings to bloom for sale only 45 days.

Disease Control of Wishbone Flower

Wishbone Flowers (Torenia fournieri) are prone to pests mainly aphid damage. If aphid disease is found, it can be sprayed with 10% insecticide essence emulsion 3000 times liquid.

Wishbone Flower main value

Application of Cordierite

Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri) in foreign consumption is relatively large, widely used in flower beds, flower borders and potted combinations. Although it has not been in China for a long time, it has been widely used in various parks and green Spaces, whether in residential areas or large areas, with good visual effects because of its shade-loving and light-resistant characteristics. Wishbone Flowers densely planted into pieces, can prevent weeds from growing, is a very good ornamental ground. Wishbone Flowers are planted in large pottery ware, placed on the porch, plinths or the edge of the house, and the effect of lighting up the space.

Balcony Cultivation

Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri) is high temperature resistant, very suitable for roof terrace flower cultivation, mature seeds fall to the ground, also can bud and blossom.

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