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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Clitoria mariana

Butteryfly Pea

Scientific Name:

Clitoria mariana

Genus:

Clitoria L

Species Epithet:

Mariana

Common Name:

Butteryfly Pea

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Blue

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Clitoria Mariana

Butterfly Pea

(c) John Clarke

Plant showing trifoliate leaves, developing flower buds, and opened flower with a more typical flower color

Person County, NC

The Scientific Name is Clitoria mariana. You will likely hear them called Butteryfly Pea. This picture shows the Plant showing trifoliate leaves, developing flower buds, and opened flower with a more typical flower color of Clitoria mariana

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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