Clitoria mariana L.
Atlantic pigeonwings, Butterfly Pea
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Martiusia mariana
USDA Symbol: CLMA4
This plant is often confused with Spurred Butterfly Pea (Centrosema virginianum), which has upside-down flowers, the banner pointing downward, while that of Clitoria stands erect.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Size Notes: 3-4
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Distribution: New York south to Florida; west to Texas and beyond; north to Missouri and Iowa.
Native Habitat: Dry soil, open woods, and thickets.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Clitoria mariana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clitoria mariana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Clitoria mariana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-10-30
Research By: TWC Staff