This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The introduction of the new"Torenia Fourneri" from Cochin China has created quite a sensation in the floricultural world; several articles have already been written about it. and the Gardener's Monthly, in the October number, says:"That it is true the old T. Asiatica has long been popular and long will continue to be; but this charming novelty will divide the honors".
Torenia Asiatica (Synon. T. hians and vagans), native of the East India, bears dark violet flowers, is more of a drooping habit, and is preeminently fit for hanging baskets. T. Fourneri, on the contrary, is an erect growing variety, distinctly differing from the previous one, having an orange spot in the ground center of the flower; but the real attraction and beauty of this new favorite is, that it being bedded out, not only stands the sun perfectly well, but obtains, also, a dwarfish appearance, and blooming the whole season. By these rare qualities this variety will be heartily welcomed by every one having a flower-garden as an incomparable edging for the beds.
Reading the different remarks made about Torenias, my attention involuntarily was applied to one fact, that not one mentioned more than these two kinds; whether the others have already passed from memory, or by experience found not worth growing, I will not undertake to dispute nor decide, but simply call back to our recollection some of them which have in their time been received as favorably as the new Torenia Fourneri, T. concolor, native of China, flowers in Autumn; blue T. edentula, from East India, flower yellowish white, distinctly marked with purple violet, the sidelips have a deep purple spot; T. bicolor, raised by L. Van Houtte, (Gand), of a drooping habit; T. Lar-pentae, (Synon. Ceratostignia Larpentae), from North China, flower of lively blue, with a red throat, nearly quite hardy; T. plantaginae, (Ceratostigma plantaginae),found and introduced by Dr. Tindel, in Africa, from the shore of the White Nile, flower blue, labellum deep blue with white and light blue stripes; T. scabra, (Artanema fimbriata), from Australia, with blue flowers, the center being white, good for bedding out; T. pulcherrima, from China, flower purplish blue.