Spurred Butterfly Pea (centrosema virginianum) is a Florida native vining perennial.
It grows to 6 feet long or more at a moderate growth rate and has lavender/pink pea-like flowers which are normally an inch in diameter in clusters ranging from 1-3 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.
It is 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.
This Florida native vine is a great addition to any butterfly garden and food forest!