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PlantFiles: Blue Pea Vine, Butterfly Pea
Clitoria ternatea 'Blue Sails'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clitoria (klih-TOH-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: ternatea (tern-AH-tee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Sails
Additional cultivar information: (aka Floreo-plena)

18 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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4 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive debsnature On Oct 13, 2010, debsnature from Hanover, PA wrote:

This vine has lovely deep blue (not violet) rounded flowers and nice, soft, rounded foliage that presents well on soft tendrils. There are no thorns, and it can be easily trained. I sowed 10 seeds indoors as directed, waited 3 months, and never saw a sprout. So I tossed the tray of soil and seeds in our front garden. A month later I noticed 2 unusual and pretty seedlings in full sun beside my day lilies. Ta-da! Blue pea vine after all. I moved them to pots to take indoors soon. They look awesome next to Fuschia gartenmeister, which I also take inside and get blooms all winter on when placed by sunny south windows.

Positive margaran On Sep 20, 2008, margaran from (Maggie) Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a larval food source for Long Tailed Skippers.

Positive floridabunnie On Jun 1, 2008, floridabunnie from Cape Coral, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

If you like growing vines, this one is a must have. It is very easy to grow and self seeds for plenty of babies the following year. I planted my vine last year and it even stayed green all winter long! The blooms are a vibrant blue that adds brilliant color to your garden.

Positive Evert On Mar 22, 2003, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Deep blue double flowers. Very pretty tropical perennial vine.


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

Stockton, California
Archer, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Stuart, Florida
Barbourville, Kentucky
Brusly, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Alvin, Texas
Angleton, Texas
Austin, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Broaddus, Texas
Bryan, Texas
Floresville, Texas
Houston, Texas (3 reports)
Humble, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Spring, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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