This wonderful twining plant generously bears quite large flowers (about 2" across) which are a beautiful shades of blue and purple with a white throat. The flowers are presented upside down - the "keel" petal appears on the top rather than the underside. A native of subtropical America and Asia, the butterfly pea is beautiful. A vine that can climb to 9 feet in a hot summer. The flowers are produced in late summer, deep blue with a yellow to white pattern in the center of the lower petal. A member of the pea family, elongated peas are produced and seeds can be collected for sowing. The plant has medicinal properties is used in the famous "Blue' or "Purple" Tea and as a natural dye for food and fabrics.
Ideal for covering trellis in a sheltered part of the garden, as a perennial in a conservatory or as a hanging plant. Zone 8+
Other Names: Asian pigeonwings, blue pea, purple pea, butterfly pea, cordofan pea, shankha pushpa and Darwin pea