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)

Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Height:

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)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Dark Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

This is a larval food source for Long Tailed Skippers.

Positive

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

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

Deep blue double flowers. Very pretty tropical perennial vine.