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Blue butterfly pea

Clitoria ternatea

Asian pigeonwings, Bluebellvine, Blue pea, Butterfly pea, Cordofan pea, Darwin pea (Eng.)

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Perennial herbaceous vine or creeper with striking medium-sized bold flowers. Grown as an ornamental plant, for edible uses and medicinal purposes. Beautiful blue tea made from the flowers turn pink when lemon juice is added!

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds are sown in a well-prepared seed bed at a depth of 1.5 to 4 cm and lightly covered.
Cuttings
Take cuttings and plant in moist sand or vermiculite.

Special features

Indoor plant
Perfect indoor plant in pots and containers under direct light.
Pot plant
Wonderful bold appearance in hanging baskets, pots and containers.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies
Hedge plant
Grown on a support such as a trellis. Weave through a hedge.
Drought resistant
It can survive a 5-6 month drought in the drier tropics.

Geography

Origin
Native to tropical equatorial Asia (Indonesia and Malaysia), but has been introduced to Africa, Australia and America.
Natural climate
Coastal

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Personality

Family
Fabaceae
Flower colour
Deep blue, white, purple
Scent
Mild

Problems

Fungal leaf diseases: Anthracnose and bacterial soft rot. Clitoria ternatea:Cercospora, Colletotrichum, Odium and Rhizoctonia. Pests: Leaves are affect by caterpillars, grasshopper, spider mites and whiteflies. Spray on organic spray in the evening or remove pest by hand.
Two-spotted spider mite
Two-spotted spider mite
Tetranychus urticae

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