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Clitoria mariana L.
Atlantic pigeonwings, Butterfly Pea
Synonym(s): Martiusia mariana
USDA Symbol: clma4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, 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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2013-10-30
Research By: TWC Staff