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Torenia fournieri 'Duchess Burgundy'

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Torenia (tor-EN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: fournieri (for-NEER-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Duchess Burgundy

2 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:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
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
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after 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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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral t_florida On Sep 10, 2006, t_florida from Gainesville, FL wrote:

It is my first time dealing with the Wishbone Flower. I love it so far! It thrives in Florida's heat and it did not like being indoors. Any advise on how to collect the seeds?

Positive flowercrazy39 On Sep 8, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

This is my second year growing Torenia and I will continue to choose different varieties of it. It's such a great little no-fuss plant with vivid colors and easy to care for.

Positive broozersnooze On Sep 26, 2003, broozersnooze from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This year is my first experience with this plant & I LOVE it! I started out with just 2, one a purplish blue & one pink, planted in separate containers on my middle deck. I can't believe how big they've gotten & LOADED to the gills with blooms. They get LOTS of sun.
Ditto about seeding itself. Some planters near the wishbone plants now have wishbone plants popping up in them & make perfect "room mates" for the resident plant.
If they die out this winter I hope they pop up in the spring.

Positive plantzperson On Jul 7, 2003, plantzperson from Zachary, LA wrote:

What a great plant this is! It grows well, reseeds itself, and just blooms it's head off in the heat & humidity here in South La. It came up as a surprise in my pot of ferns and is blooming so prettily in with them, even all crowded in & around the ferns & it looks wonderful like that! You really get a lot of bang for your buck with these little plants.

Positive Maudie On Jul 5, 2003, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

This is a fine plant for containers. Fill the pot full and keep the soil moderately damp; do not allow the plants to dry out and they will reseed in the pot and on the ground around it and bloom the next year. A great reward for easy maintenance.

Positive Terry On Jul 4, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grew from seed this year; very easy to grow and blooms early. Great litle plant to tuck into containers and window boxes!


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

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Hawkinsville, Georgia
New Orleans, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Manchester, New Hampshire
Newry, South Carolina
Baytown, Texas

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