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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    Butterfly peas are short lived tropical perennials with striking blue flowers. They have a twining habit and prefer rich, moist, well-drained soils. They make attractive container plants in Virginia.

    Latin Name

    Clitoria ternatea


    Family

    Fabaceae


    Also Known As

    Asian Pigeonwings Blue Pea


    Type of Plant

    Tropical
    Vine

    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 15'
    Max Spread: 6'

    Uses

  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Tropical Asia


    History

    George Washington received butterfly pea seeds from his grandson-in-law Thomas Law in 1799.


    Other Details

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    Grown by Washington

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