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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
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
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Vivid Blue
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
P (Phosphorus)
K (Potassium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
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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Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 18, 2015 5:52 PM

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.

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Posted by Boopaints (Phoenix, AZ 85022) on Oct 21, 2011 10:29 AM

This beautiful plant is now on my dream garden list!

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Nov 30, 2012 7:25 PM

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.

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