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Centrosema virginianum (Spurred butterfly pea)
Fabre, Carl

Centrosema virginianum

Centrosema virginianum (L.) Benth.

Spurred butterfly pea, Butterfly pea

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Bradburya virginiana, Centrosema virginianum var. ellipticum

USDA Symbol: cevi2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Size Notes: Climber
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jul , Aug


USA: 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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According 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
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1114 Collected 2007-09-17 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Centrosema virginianum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Centrosema virginianum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Centrosema virginianum


Record Modified: 2014-07-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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