Clitoria Ternatea (Butterfly Pea)



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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.

蝶豆又称蝶豆花、蓝蝴蝶、蓝花豆、蝴蝶花豆、洋豆、豆碧等多种名称,是很典型的热带植物,屬名Clitoria源自於拉丁文 Clitoris,是陰蒂的意思,花朵造型與女性陰部相似。在印度,它被尊为圣花,用于日常法会仪式。

这些花被用来提取一种蓝色的可食用天然色素,用于制作传统的马来糕点。在吉兰丹,它是椰浆饭的重要成分,赋予其特有的蓝色。或直接摘取花朵陰乾後沖泡茶飲,茶水是美麗的藍紫色。由于其迷人的蓝色花朵,它适合在花园、棚架、凉棚或栅栏上生长。 蝶豆享受充足的阳光以获得最佳生长。然而,这种易于种植的植物在包括部分遮荫在内的低光照条件下茁壮成长。喜排水良好的土壤,肥沃的壤土,易于种植。

问题:蝶豆没有严重的昆虫或疾病问题, 遭受蚜虫和蜘蛛螨的攻击。涂抹印楝油以去除蚜虫和蜘蛛螨。