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Centrosema virginianum

Spurred Butterfly Pea

Scientific Name:

Centrosema virginianum

Genus:

Centrosema

Species Epithet:

virginianum

Common Name:

Spurred Butterfly Pea

Plant Type

Herbaceous Vine

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Purple, Violet

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry woodlands and openings.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Attracts butterflies

Spurred Butterfly Pea at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill

This is an adaptable plant with 1.5" flowers, a great addition to a pollinator garden.

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Paynter, August 2012, Chapel Hill

Flower

Note the flat shape of the flower. The flower is similar to that of Clitoria mariana, Butterfly-pea, which differs in having a pronounced scooped shape for its largest petal (the standard or banner).

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Side view of flower

The sepals, looking here like narrow leaves pressed against the flower, are very long. In Clitoria mariana, the Butterfly-pea, they are much shorter.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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