General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 6 to10 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Mauve
White
Other: Vivid Blue
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Espalier
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
P (Phosphorus)
K (Potassium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Seeds act as a strong purgative (laxative).
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Scarify seeds
Days to germinate: 4 to 6 weeks
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Common names
  • Butterfly Pea
  • Blue Pea Vine
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Clitoria ternatea
  • Synonym: Clitoria ternatea var. angustifolia
  • Synonym: Clitoria ternatea var. pleniflora
  • Synonym: Clitoria ternatea var. albiflora
  • Synonym: Clitoria ternatea var. ternatea

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Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-11
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-06-28
Location: My garden
Date: 2023-06-18
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-15
Location: sarasota florida
Date: 2019-11-02
easiest plant to grow, reseeds everywhere  ... dried flowers make
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-11
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-10-02
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Date: 2022-07-08
Location: My garden, KY
Date: 2020-07-03
Interesting mauve color courtesy seeds from @
Location: Burdwan, West Bengal, India.
Date: July
Photo: Joydeep / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2014-06-30
palest blue
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2022-06-08
Location: my garden 
Date: 2013-09-06
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-11-13
Location: My garden, KY
Date: 2021-07-01
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-14
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2014-06-30
Location: Kentucky
Date: July 2016
Double Blue Butterfly Pea Clitoria ternatea
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2022-06-08
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2016-01-01

Date: 2009-09-12
Credit Alexey Sergeev
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-16
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-08-30
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-06-08
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2022-06-08
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 24feb2016

Date: October 23, 2010
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-12-31
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-14
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Date: 2017-10-09
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2022-06-08
Location: Memphis, TN
Date: 8/17/2015
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2007-05-04
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-09-21

Date: October 12, 2010
Butterfly Pea

Date: October 23, 2010
Clitoria ternatea
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-14
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-14
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-09-23 
Unripe Seed Pod
Location: Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: Mid Summer
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Comments:
  • Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 18, 2015 5:52 PM concerning plant:
    I found this plant at Lowe's a few years ago and it was the only one left. Naturally, I had to buy it. Not only because it was beautiful, but because I knew it would serve as a host plant for the Long-Tailed Skipper butterfly. And sure enough, they come and lay their eggs year after year and roll the leaves to make shelters. The caterpillars are known as "bean leaf rollers" because of their leaf rolling habit and because they tend to eat most things in the bean family (like green beans) so this is a good alternative to put the caterpillars on if you don't want them in your vegetable garden. They never seem to do much damage to the plant as I think the lizards have discovered their method of "hiding". The plant loses its leaves in the winter but comes back each spring. This year I started saving seeds just in case we have a very hard freeze and I also cover the plant with blankets. Mostly, I protect it so it will come back sooner and be ready to feed my caterpillars. I have this one planted right in front of the house in full Florida sun with poor Florida soil. It keeps coming back so I guess it likes where it is.
  • Posted by Boopaints (Phoenix, AZ 85022) on Oct 21, 2011 10:29 AM concerning plant:
    This beautiful plant is now on my dream garden list!
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Nov 30, 2012 7:25 PM concerning plant:
    I received seeds for this plant in a trade a few years ago and it has become one of my favorite plants! It produces beautiful dark blue flowers from spring through fall and although I've not seen any butterflies attracted to it, the flowers sure do attract attention from people! Someone is always asking "What is that plant with the lovely blue flowers?" Our local Home Depot had this plant for sale in their garden center in early summer this year, the first time I've seen it for sale here locally. There is a white flowering variety also but the blue just grabs my attention!

    I grow this one as a container plant with a trellis for support and use a chunky, well draining potting medium. The plant seems to thrive in full sun most of the day and remains outside year round where it will die down when we have freezing temperatures but always seems to return in spring.
Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On May 6, 2015 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On April 26, 2015 Seeds sown
blue
KelliW On March 4, 2019 Seeds germinated
KelliW On February 27, 2019 Seeds sown
sown indoors, knicked and soaked for 24 hours, seeds from onalee
antsinmypants On April 11, 2024 Miscellaneous Event
Placed in moist paper towel. (2)
antsinmypants On March 17, 2022 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
The seedling that emerged sickly died.
antsinmypants On March 16, 2022 Plant emerged
Second seedling emerged sickly.
antsinmypants On March 15, 2022 Plant emerged
1 seedling emerged.
antsinmypants On March 13, 2022 Seeds germinated
Roots emerged.
antsinmypants On March 11, 2022 Seeds sown
Scarified & soaked for 24 hours.
Indoors under lights on heat mat.
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