Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea)

Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea)

Regular price $14.95

Butterfly Pea is an perennial or annual creeping vine with a shrubby habitat. Once established, this plant is incredibly easy to grow and requires little attention aside from helping to train it up a trellis.  When in bloom, the Butterfly Pea is covered in bright blue blossoms. The blue flowers are used to make tea and as a natural dye for food and even hair products. When used in liquid form, the color morphs depending on the ph.  For example, the blue-purple color changes to bright pink when lemon or seltzer water is added and the acidity is raised. Very cool!

As a legume, its roots form a symbiotic association with soil bacteria known as rhizobia, which transform atmospheric N2 into a plant-usable form (a process called nitrogen fixing), therefore, this plant is also used to improve soil quality through the decomposition of nitrogen rich plant material. Butterfly Pea is well-known for it's traditional healing properties in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. 

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Sow Exotic ships nationwide year-round to the United States.  We use plant-based, plastic-free, reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, AND compostable packaging materials. All of our plants ship ready-to-grow in plantable pots (with the exception of citrus) and range in size.  See the size guide on each plant page to learn more about what to expect upon arrival.

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Shipping cost is calculated at checkout based on your order weight and your distance from the nursery. Shipping is combined for multiple orders with plants, so the more you grow, the more you save!  

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Live plant orders are processed at the beginning of each week and ship on Monday-Thursday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail. Order processing time before shipment averages from 1-14 days. 

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As soon as you place your order, you will receive order confirmation and a link to your Order Status Page.  You can view and track your orders progress online any time via your Order Status Page!

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Shipping tropical plants to a cold climate in the middle of winter? We sell Heat Packs! If it's under 32 degrees in your area, we definitely recommend ordering a Heat Pack! Visit our Heat Packs page to learn more and purchase your heat pack. 

Weather Holds
Waiting for the perfect time to plant? You can order now and request a custom weather hold until your preferred arrival date.  Please email care@sowexotic.com to request a custom hold. 

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Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico:

We ship to Puerto Rico! Almost all of our plants ship (bare root, of course) to Hawaii & Puerto Rico. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of a plants that we don't ship. 

Plants that DO NOT ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana  

Plants that DO NOT ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passion Fruit

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How to Grow Butterfly Pea

Plant Type: Perennial Herb (can also be grown as an Annual)

Harvest Season: Year-round

Mature Size: Spread 3-6 ft. height 10-15 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Moist, well-draining soil.  Will grow well in virtually any time type of soil as long as it is well draining!

Exposure: Full Sun, Light Shade

Zone Hardiness: 10-11 we grow it in Zone 9 with frost protection. Can also be grown as an Annual in colder zones!


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