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Clitoria, Bluebell, Blue Pea Vine, Butterfly Pea 'Blue Sails'

Clitoria ternatea

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-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)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)


Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Medium Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Edmond, Oklahoma

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:


On Jul 8, 2018, OKLAGardener from Edmond, OK wrote:

In central Oklahoma 2 years ago, I very successfully grew Clitoria ternatea and had a massive production of flowers. This year, the leaves on my plants are being stripped off, almost overnight. I can't see what's eating them and would like help determining a natural solution to deter whatever is eating them


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.


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

This is a larval food source for Long Tailed Skippers.


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.


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

Deep blue double flowers. Very pretty tropical perennial vine.