Clitoria Ternatea, is a perennial herbaceous plant from the Fabaceae family, commonly known as Asian pigeonwings, bluebellvine, blue pea, butterfly pea, cordofan pea, Darwin pea, blue ternate. In India, it is revered as a holy flower, used in daily puja rituals. The flowers of this vine were imagined to have the shape of human female genitals, hence the Latin name of the genus “Clitoria”, from “clitoris”.
The flowers are used to extract a blue, edible dye that is used in making traditional Malay pastries.)
In Kelantan, in the north-east of peninsular Malaysia, it is an important ingredient in nasi kerabu, giving it its characteristic bluish colour.
It is suitable for growing in parks and gardens, on trellises, pergolas or fences for its attractive blue flowers. The Clitoria ternatea plant enjoys full sun for best growth. However, this easy-to-grow plant thrives in low light conditions including partial shade. Prefers well-drained soils, fertile loamy soils, Easy to Grow.
Hints: Soak the seeds in plain drinking water for 10 to 20 hours, directly sow the seeds to the ground or containers like Pots & Hanging Baskets
Problems: Clitoria ternatea L (Linn) suffers from attacks by aphids and spider mites that feed on the perennial shrub. Apply neem oil to get rid of the aphids and spider mites.