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Wishbone flower

Torenia fournieri selections

Wishbone flower

Tired of impatiens? Try this enchanting little wishbone flower, also dubbed clown flower for its vividly marked flowers that are said to resemble the face of a clown. It's a wonderful, relatively new choice for shade. The flower shape resembles tiny snapdragons, mouths wide open and showing off delicate throats marked with a contrasting color.

Torenia grows easily from seed sown indoors in pots or outdoors in the ground. This little clown flower blooms nonstop until frost.

Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
8 to 12 inches tall, depending on type
Plant Width:
6-9 inches wide, depending on type
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Deer Resistant
Top Varieties

(Catalina Gilded Grape Torenia) is a mounding selection featuring bright yellow flowers with purple throats. It grows 16 inches tall and trails 24 inches.
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(Catalina White Linen Torenia) shows off lovely pure-white flowers on a compact, mounding/trailing plant. It grows 16 inches tall and 24 inches across.
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(Torenia 'Clown Mix') offers a mixture of colors, including blue with purple edges, on compact, 1-foot-tall plants.
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(Torenia 'Moon Purple') has a mounding or trailing habit and lovely lavender-purple flowers over shiny green foliage. It grows 10 inches tall and 16 inches wide.
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(Torenia 'Moon Yellow') has a mounding/trailing habit and soft yellow flowers with a purple throat. It grows 10 inches tall and 16 inches wide.
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Plant It With
Sweet alyssum

Sweet alyssum in white or Easter Basket mix of pastel shades combines well with the color spectrum offered by torenia.


Fibrous-rooted begonia with white blooms and bronze foliage looks great planted at torenia's feet. The foliage and blooms contrast but don't clash.


Torenia shines among a planting of impatiens in solid pink or white.