Blue Butterfly Pea
Also known as
Asian Pigeonwings, Blue Pea, Bluebell, Darwin-Pea, Mussel-Shell Creeper, Cordofan-Pea, Butterfly pea, Blue pea, Blue vine
Starr 070402-6256 Clitoria ternatea by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Blue Butterfly Pea Overview
Clitoria ternatea is a herbaceous perennial vine or creeper in the pea family, Fabaceae (Fabaceae) with striking medium-sized bold deep blue flowers. The flowers are produced solitarily and may have yellow markings, up to around 4cm in length. The flowers lead onto fruits measuring between 5-7cm in length, eventually forming long, flat seed pods containing between 6-10 seeds. It produces pointed oval-shaped foliage. Grown as an ornamental plant, for edible uses and medicinal purposes. Blue tea can be made from the flowers, it turns pink when lemon juice is added!
Common problems with Blue Butterfly Pea
Caterpillars and grasshoppers might be found eating plant foliage. Susceptible to fungal diseases if conditions are too wet.
How to harvest Blue Butterfly Pea
Flowers may be picked to add color and whimsy to salads or drinks. Allow pods to dry and mature on the plant. Break pods open to collect seeds and store it dry.
How to propagate Blue Butterfly Pea
Seeds are sown in a well-prepared seed bed at a depth of 1.5 to 4 cm and lightly covered.
Take cuttings and plant in moist sand or vermiculite.
Special features of Blue Butterfly Pea
Perfect indoor plant in pots and containers under direct light.
Wonderful bold appearance in hanging baskets, pots and containers.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies
Grown on a support such as a trellis. Weave through a hedge.
It can survive a 5-6 month drought in the drier tropics.
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