Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Butterfly Pea

Clitoria mariana
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Blue, Lavender, White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Birds
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

12 to
36
inches

Spread:

6 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
36
inches
Spread: 6 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
36
inches
Spread: 6 to
18
inches
Typical Landscape Use
A true conversation piece plant as it appears to be a vine and doesn't get 'out of hand' with it's twining capabilities.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers well-drained shady or sunny areas.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

A low, smooth, almost shrublike plant with twisting stems that do not climb. Leaves are compound with 3 leaflets and usually dark green. Beautiful pea-like flowers up to 2 inches long of pale blue-lilac with darker veining are produced from May-September.

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