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Beginner Flowers: Are Torenias a long blooming flowering plant?

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Jean_Tessmer
Wailuku, HI
(Zone 14)

December 11, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9355882

I'm looking for a flowering plant like this (love the color, the yellow spot, and delicate look of the petals) http://patrickmcnally.zenfolio.com/hawaii-maui-flora2-3464#h43216834 but I couldn't find out how long this plant stays in bloom. I was thinking of giving it as a gift to a friend on Molokai Hawaii, but I wouldn't want to learn it only blooms for a couple of weeks out of every year. Her home is in a fairly dry part of the island with full sun, if that makes a difference to it's blooming life span.

If this isn't long blooming, any other ideas for a flowering plant similar to this in having mixed bright colored petals, staying in bloom at least two to three months of the year in a location like Hawaii, with temperatures always above 72 degrees year round?

Thanks for considering my questions.

Jean Tessmer Maui Hawaii

This message was edited Dec 12, 2012 2:03 PM

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 18, 2012
9:59 PM

Post #9361980

Hi Jean. Here is a bit of info on Torenias for you. They do not tolerate afternoon sun but they are very heat tolerant and long blooming in morning sun and shade

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/a613/torenia-fournieri.aspx

http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/torenia/summer-wave-blue-torenia-hybrid

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/annual/wishbone-flower/

These are all fairly good suggestions in this link... browse through a really colorful group of long blooming colorful plants. (if you can get past the beautiful Kauai picture...Grin)

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/new-annuals/#page=21

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/14-flowers-take-heat?page=0,0

For more suggestions, just do a search for annuals or perennials that are long blooming in your zone 14.

Hope that helps.

Moon

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