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Torenia fournieri 'Summer Wave 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: Summer Wave Blue
Additional cultivar information: (PP10843, Summer Wave™ series, aka Sunrenilabu)
Hybridized by Suntory Ltd.; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1997

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under 6 in. (15 cm)
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:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Rosary615 On Sep 8, 2008, Rosary615 from Nashville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Planted in Nashville TN in 2007. Interspersed with impatiens in area that received 1.5 hours of early morning sun, then shaded by my house the rest of the day. Torenia & Impatiens did great in spring. We had drought that summer. Watered every 3-4 days, barely enough so perennials didn't die. Impatiens thrived but Torenia burned up immediately. I've had volunteer Torenia plants all this summer but no blooms. I may try Torenia next year, but in a bed in my backyard by my teeny-tiny little creek, where it would be in filtered shade all day and have water as long as the creek runs.

Positive stormddancer On Jan 24, 2007, stormddancer from Poteet, TX wrote:

I live below San Antoino TX in the heat of summer this plants just puts on a heck of a show. I planted 6 plants in 2002 and have never planted any more, I am blessed with new plants every year. I do nothing special just water and weed and every week a liquid feed. I have some seeds for a yellow one called Lemon Drop and am going to give that a try this year.

Positive alph On Aug 13, 2006, alph from Wrentham, MA wrote:

This is the 2nd year we've had a "Summer Wave Blue" in a hanging basket here in southeastern Massachusetts. As you can tell by the image I submitted, the plant thrives. I water and feed (very light liquid plant food in the water) every day or two because it gets thirsty fast in the basket. Deadheading is a must...a daily quieting chore. It gets only about 3 hours of direct sunlight, and seems to love the edges of shade on our deck.

Positive htop On May 1, 2006, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This trailing torenia loves the heat and survives our hot Texas summers when other torenias die back. It is hardy to 28F.
The 'Summer Wave' was developed by Suntory Ltd. and licensed by Bear Creek Gardens. It is a cross between the typical torenia and a creeping native species. It can be used in hanging baskets, window boxes and other containers. In landscape beds, it makes a greatr groundcover. Plants reach a height of 6-12 inches and have a spread of 14-16 inches. The blooms are larger than the blooms of regular torenia.


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

Green Cove Springs, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Marianna, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Wrentham, Massachusetts
Warren, Michigan
Maryland Heights, Missouri
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennessee
Baytown, Texas
Poteet, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Snook, Texas

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