February 4, 2023
Centrosema virginianum

Centrosema virginianum

Centrosema virginianum is also known as Spurred Butterfly Pea, Wild Blue Vine, Blue Bell, Conchita, and Wild Pea. It is native to South America. It ranges all the way up to the Eastern United States. Centrosema virginianum is part of the Fabaceae family of plants. It is a herbaceous perennial vine. It can grow up to 2m or 7ft high. The foliage is bright green. Pinnately divided, the small leaves are lanceolate or ovate.

Centrosema virginianum
Centrosema virginianum

Centrosema virginianum flowers in the summer, the pea-like flowers are purple in color. The flowers are hermaphrodite (with both male and female organs). Therefore they are pollinated by pollinators such as bees. Centrosema virginianum is a nitrogen-fixing plant.

Grow Centrosema virginianum in the sun or shade. Plant in any type of soil, it can tolerate both alkaline and acid soils even very acid soils. Centrosema virginianum also adapts to moist or dry soils. It is drought-tolerant. Propagate by seed, pre-soak seeds overnight before planting.

Centrosema virginianum
Centrosema virginianum

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