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Clitoria mariana L.
Atlantic pigeonwings, Butterfly Pea
USDA Symbol: CLMA4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Twining vine, occasionally erect, with large, showy, lavender-pink, pea-like flowers, usually solitary but occasionally up to 3, in the axils of compound leaves.
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.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy
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Record Modified: 2009-03-10
Research By: TWC Staff