Wishbone Flower, Bluewings 'Duchess Burgundy'

Torenia fournieri

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!