Spurred Butterfly Pea: Native Florida host plant

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Spurred Butterfly Pea (centrosema virginianum) is a Florida native vining perennial.

These fragile fines can grow up to 6 feet long or more at a moderate growth rate and when in bloom, it has lavender/pink pea-like flowers.

This Florida native grows in zones 7-10 and flowers most of the year but more so in the summer and fall.

It has a somewhat low salt tolerance but we have spotted them growing next to the brackish water of the Indian River. It also has trailing tendencies if not given a support structure, so it can be used as a ground cover.

The flowers are normally an inch in diameter in clusters ranging from 1-3 flowers and are often pollinated by bees. and is a larval host plant to the northern cloudywing and the long-tailed skipper.

It can grow in many types of soils but prefers sandy well-draining soils. It also prefers full sun but will work in some shade and has a high drought tolerance.

As a legume, it is a nitrogen fixer.

We teamed up with Norman’s native, to package and sell Spurred Butterfly Pea seeds. Support local businesses and ecosystems.

This Florida native vine is a great addition to any butterfly garden and food forest!

These seeds are harvested sustainably from spurred butterfly pea seeds planted on the property. Get your seeds from our eBay store.

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