Butterfly Leaf
Christia obcordata 'Stripe'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Christia
Species: obcordata (ob-kor-DAY-ta) (Info)
Cultivar: Stripe
Synonym:Lourea obcordata
Synonym:Hedysarum obcordatum


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Shade



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Magenta (Pink-Purple)


Bloom Time:

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Miami, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Wauchula, Florida

Westlake, Louisiana

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 19, 2007, F7711 from Westlake, LA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I disagree with the Sun requirements listed for this plant, I have been growing it in full sun for around 7 hours a day and bright indirect light the rest of the day. It is growing quite well. I really like this plant, it's very beautiful and fast growing also.


On Oct 25, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have just purchased one of these unusual plants and it did not come with any cultural information, only the botanical name. It certainly is unusual. I thought it was artificial when I first saw it. I hope someone will come up with some information for us.

This edit is 11 months later. The original plant sat for a long time, then started growing like mad in spring when I offered more water and regular feeding. I have rooted 6 cuttings so far and it is still growing with vigor. No sign of a bloom, however.

Update on October 27, 2007

The original plant is blooming. What a surprise. The blooms are tiny and bi-colored. I guess that means it is happy. Just rooted more cuttings. I'll try to get a picture.


On Oct 9, 2006, Buttoneer from Carlisle, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I am trying to raise this plant for the second time. Every time I get one, the leaves get spotty & dry out & the plant loses its leaves & eventually succumbs. I have tried growing it in the house, in terrariums (high humidity), and now I have both of them in the greenhouse & they are not happy campers. I would hate to lose them. It is certainly very picky & a challenging, yet quite beautiful plant.