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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Centrosema virginianum (L.) Benth.
Butterfly pea, Spurred butterfly pea
USDA Symbol: cevi2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Trailing or twining vine with violet flowers, single or in clusters of 2-4 in the axils of compound leaves.
The flowers of this delicate showy vine are recognized by their upside-down position. Sand Butterfly-pea (C. arenicola) has ovate leaflets indented at the base; Florida Butterfly-pea (C. floridana), with oval to lanceolate leaflets up to 3 (7.5 cm) long, occurs in the pinewoods of Florida.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jul , Aug
AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , IL , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA Native Distribution:
New Jersey south to Florida; west to Texas; north to Arkansas. Native Habitat:
Acid soils, sandy woodlands, and fields. USDA Native Status: L48(N), PR(N), VI(N)
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1114
Collected 2011-09-18 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff