10 Seeds of a blue colored flower, Clitoria Ternatea or Butterfly Peas grown organically in my garden.
The name of this plant tells its story. The flowers of this plant attracts butterflies. This plant is a larval host of the Long-tailed Skipper and Dorantes Longtail butterflies. Both fresh and dried flowers are used for making herbal teas,. It is used in Thai cooking and also used as food safe vegetable dyes.
The raw pea pods can be cooked and eaten. The leaves are also used in Malay cuisine. It roots transform atmospheric nitrogen 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.
In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, it is ascribed various qualities including memory enhancing, nootropic, anti stress, anxiolytic, antidepressant, anti convulsant, tranquilizing, and sedative properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, the plant has been ascribed properties affecting female libido due to its similar appearance to the female reproductive organ.
Common names: Clitoria ternatea, Asian pigeonwings, Bluebellvine, Blue pea, Butterfly pea, Cordofan pea, Darwin pea, Aparajita, Gokurna Shankha Pushpa
Classification: Annual Climber
Plant Habit: Climbing
Climate: Dry, Temperate, Tropical
Soil Type: Well draining soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil: Moist, Neutral
Conditions Required: Sheltered warm sunny
Soak seeds 3-4 hours prior to sowing. Sow seed on good seed starting mix, covering seeds with mix. Seeds should begin germinating in 14-30 days. Alternatively, direct sow seeds in early spring.