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PlantFiles: White Butterfly Pea Vine
Clitoria ternatea 'Alba'

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: Alba

Synonym:Clitoria ternatea var. albiflora

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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)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Scarify seed before sowing

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral flowerhead410 On Mar 10, 2008, flowerhead410 from Nelson, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:

I used the baggie method to sprout these seeds and they bulged for days, but they looked like hard rocks. I then nicked the seeds ith toenail clippers to see what they would do and within hours they sprouted!

Positive Cleo1717 On Feb 25, 2007, Cleo1717 from Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Although it is a bit suggestive, this is really a very lovely flower. It took a while to flower but once it started, it kept on flowering profusely. I had it in of my vegetable beds this past year and it was very pretty. I'm glad I tried it.


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

Stockton, California
Brooksville, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Barbourville, Kentucky
Knoxville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Augustine, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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