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Torenia, Happy Faces Hybrid Mix

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Unique multicolored blooms look like precious jewels in the garden.

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Bred in Taiwan's warm forests, their two-toned, face-like blooms hold up well in the hot shade. This gorgeous mix of plum, blue, blush pink and white bicolor flowers will command attention anywhere in the garden. They love the shade but tolerate heat well. Extremely versatile, you'll love how they adapt to your garden conditions. Burpee Exclusive. Height 8". GARDEN HINTS: Use as an edging or filler for semi-shady to shady beds and borders or in containers and window boxes. Shear plants to promote branching and help prevent them from flopping. Start indoors 10 weeks before last frost.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Shade, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-8 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

Torenia may be grown from seed sown early indoors

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow torenia indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow seeds very shallowly. Barely press into seed starting formula. Light aides germination.
  • Seedlings emerge in about 15 days at 70-75 degrees F.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Transplanting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full shade to part sun with good rich moist organic, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Torenia is useful for shady beds and borders, or as an edging and forms an attractive annual groundcover.
  • Torenia is also an excellent plant for small containers and window boxes.
Full Shade, Part Sun
8 inches
6-8 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Torenia, Happy Faces Hybrid Mix is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great container plants I use these on my shady but very hot patio all summer. They flower from spring until fall and are the only plants that have donewell for me in this location.
Date published: 2015-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow starter, but very hardy in the garden! Started these from seeds, and they were slow to germinate and grow as seedlings. But once they got going, they were quite vigorous and tolerated transfer to garden bed very well. These have grown strong and beautiful through dry, heat, torrential downpours, and all the other craziness of a Baltimore summer. Prolific flowers, lovely in pots too. Recommended!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable happy shade lovers Have started these Torenia from seed on several occasions and never a regret. Once outside, they grow into a beautiful dense bushy habit and flower until frost. Have grown mine in pretty dense shade-maybe two to three hours of sun and in dense clay soil without a problem. The miniscule seeds may challenge you but the results are pleasing.
Date published: 2012-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular and unique blooms!! Although the plant is short, the bold, vivid and velvety blooms attract the attention of everyone who passes by, even the Hummingbirds. The intense colors appear so strong, yet velvety soft. Each time, I walk by, I simply have to touch one. The beauty of this flower is well worth the time and effort. I just wish they could last forever.
Date published: 2007-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a prolific plant. I don't remember when or what container I planted this, but each year, I find this plant popping up around the terrace in different containers. Out of perennials, this one seems to be the hardiest. The delicate blooms seem like happy faces. Don't be surprised if this plant pops up somewhere else in the garden.
Date published: 2006-10-18
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