Flower Photography: Wishbone Flower

Common Names: Wishbone Flower, Blue Wings.

Life Cycle: Half hardy annual.
Height: 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm).
Native: Africa, Asia.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 10.
Flowers: Summer and autumn.

Flower Details: Blue, violet, purple, pink, yellow, white; usually many colours. Tubular. Trumpets.
Foliage: Opposite. Toothed. Deltoid to Rhomboid.
Sow Outside: Surface. A couple of weeks after the last frost. Spacing 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm).
Sow Inside: Use peat pots. Germination time: one week to one month. Temperature 70°F (21°C). Seven or eight weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors a couple of weeks after the last frost.
Requirements: Afternoon shade. Good drainage. Rich soil. Moist soil. Organic soil. Regular watering. Pinch tips. Propagate: cuttings.

How to grow Wishbone Flower

If growing Wishbone flowers outdoors from seed then sow on the soil surface in spring, a week or so after the last chance of frost. Wishbone flowers (and other Torenia species) should be spaced about 15 to 20cm apart and grown in a sunny area that is shaded in the afternoon. Ideally the soil that Wishbone flowers grow in will have good drainage, be moist, and should be enriched with organic matter.

If planning to start off indoors then sow wishbone flower seed about 8 weeks before due to be transplanted outdoors. It should take from one to four weeks for the seeds to germinate at 20 to 23 degrees centigrade in the light. Once established transplant into the garden a couple of weeks after the last chance of a frost.

Caring for Wishbone flowers

Plants such as wishbone flower and bluewings are pretty easy to look after; once they have been growing for a few weeks and reached an height of about 8cm pinch them back; this will encourage branching and result in a bush and healthy looking plant. As they like moist soil it is necessary to water wishbone flowers on a regular basis. If you require more plants then they can be sown from seed or cuttings took.


  1. Fabulous photo's! So excited you shared your post at Cottage Flora Thursday's! This is the largest garden party ever...so glad you are a part of it!

  2. These are beautiful flowers. I don't believe I've ever heard of them. I love learning new things. Thanks for the great shot!

  3. Torenia is a great plant. I use it here in shady areas instead of just impatiens. I like that the torenia can take a tad bit more sun that the impatiens.

  4. Wonderful photos. I enjoy your blog and am now following. Thanks!

  5. Gorgeous deep purple wonderfulness!

  6. Esta flor tem uma cor linda! Gostei das fotos.

  7. beautiful color, my favourite :)
    great inforamtion on the flower!

    how are you feeling?

  8. thanks for linking in this week. I am always in awe of all the different flowers everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I always enjoy stopping by here! I hope you will link in again soon!
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  9. hi Che, what a beautiful shot, the colors are very unique too.

  10. I love your pics and im sure you cancerian baby will love

  11. aahhhhh my favorite color!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!weeeeee