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Clitoria ternatea

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Clitoria ternatea


Clitoria ternatea, commonly known as butterfly pea, is a perennial herbaceous plant from the Fabaceae family. A fast growing climber that produces beautiful cobalt blue flowers. 

It has recently attracted a lot of interest as it has potential applications both in modern medicine and agriculture, and as a source of natural food colorants and antioxidants. Butterfly Peas attract a wide variety of beneficial insects into the garden and help improve garden soils by a nitrogen fix.

In warm climates they can be grown as a evergreen however in cooler climates can be grown as an annual

  • Heat Tolerant
  • Draught Tolerant
  • Vine
  • Fast growing
  • Flowers in 11-12 weeks

Raise seedlings.

Sowing Depth 4mm
When to sow in Australia

Tropical: All year

Sub- tropical: All year

Temperate: Spring early spring

Cold: Spring and early spring

Germination 7-12 days at 20 to 28°C
Plant Spacing 50cm
Height 250-300cm
Position Full Sun to part shade