Originating from the Indonesian Island of Ternate, this unusual member of the pea family is one of the most amazing vines to grow. These will bloom all year long in frost free zones or inside as an exotic vining houseplant. Technically a tropical perennial flowering plant, they are also easily grown annuals in more northern areas and will quickly bloom from seed in about 6-8 weeks. Flowers are solitary, bright deep blue with light yellow markings that are about 2" long by 1-2" wide. So named because they are a favorite food source for butterflies, Butterfly Peas are fast growing, up to 15 feet in a single season, providing quick covers for lattice, trellis and arbors or grow them in hanging baskets.
They prefer full sun to light shade, are very drought tolerant and are well-adapted to a variety of soil types. For those of you who have to ask, its botanical name, Clitoria, was named for the female sexual organ, which anyone who sees the flower will recognize the similarity of its shape and the female clitoris! Seeds are easy to germinate.
Pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and sow in a greenhouse in the spring or put them into a zip-closed plastic bag with soil for better germination. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and plant out in the summer