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Torenia fournieri 'Clown Blue'

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Torenia (tor-EN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: fournieri (for-NEER-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Clown Blue
Additional cultivar information: (Clown™ series)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mgpaquin On Feb 7, 2011, mgpaquin from Savannah, GA wrote:

I discovered Torenia about 4 or 5 years ago when I bought this house. We just love it — it thrives in our horribly hot and humid summers, and also self-seeds. There's also a pink Torenia, but we prefer the blue. I can't say enough positive things about this plant. If you haven't tried growing it yet, do. You won't be disappointed.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Savannah, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Independence, Louisiana
Limington, Maine
Leominster, Massachusetts
Coopersville, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Louis, Missouri
Bloomingdale, New Jersey
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Baytown, Texas
Denison, Texas
Houston, Texas
League City, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah

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