Spurred Butterfly Pea (Centrosema virginianum)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Centrosema virginianum Accepted
Centrosema virginianum var. ellipticum Synonym
Bradburya virginiana Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: To 5 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 16, 2013 12:02 PM

Spurred Butterfly Pea is a perennial native wildflower throughout Florida. Although similar to other pea flowers in structure, the Spurred Butterfly Pea flower hangs upside down with the large, flat standard petal facing downward. The showy flowers are lavender in color with the large standard flat petal having a white center.

Found in old fields, forest margins and dry open woodlands, this plant grows to 5 feet in height but is a weak climber with the spindly vines usually twining loosely across the ground and over low vegetation. Fruit of the Spurred Butterfly Pea is a flat green pod up to 5 1/2 inches in length that turns brown and splits in half with both halves remaining on the vine; seedpods and flowers may be present at the same time.

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A vine with flowers so pretty. by jojoe Aug 24, 2013 12:12 PM 6
Spurred Butterfly Pea by Horntoad Aug 3, 2010 8:47 AM 1

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