Centrosema virginianum (L.) Benth.
Spurred Butterfly Pea, Butterfly Pea
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Bradburya virginiana, Centrosema virginianum var. ellipticum
USDA Symbol: cevi2
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Climber
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
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
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1114 Collected 2007-09-17 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Centrosema virginianum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Centrosema virginianum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Centrosema virginianum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-07-18
Research By: TWC Staff