Blue Butterfly Pea
Seed Count: Approx. 15 seeds
Days to Maturity: Perennial
Description: Blue Butterfly Peas are literally my favorite flower in my garden. It's no secret that I love all things blue, and I absolutely just adore these edible, 2 inch, rich, indigo-blue beauties. I use the flowers in tea, and as a natural dye for my food, however, you can also eat them, and they're delicious battered and fried. However, this flower is best known for its fun color changing abilities. If you add a bit of lemon or lime juice to it, its blue color will turn to a marvelous pink-lavender color. This tropical vine is quite vigorous, and will quickly cover a trellis or arch and create a marvelous display. They boast tiny, soft green leaves that grow on slender, wispy stems. I've had my plant for a little over a year now, and it happily grew and produced straight through South Florida's hot summer. This flower belongs to the Fabaceae family and can be used as a nitrogen fixer for your soil. They are grown as a perennial in the tropics, and grown as an annual elsewhere. Plus, Blue Butterfly peas are drought tolerant, and pollinators love it.
Mint2Grow Tip: Germinating Blue Butterfly peas can be a little hard. I had the worst time trying to start these indoors, but outside with Florida's heat, humidity, and moisture, they germinate easily and thrive. Scarifying them, and soaking them for 24 hours, before planting, can help if you need to start them indoors. The seeds easily reseed themselves, and you'll find lots of seedlings popping up, if you do not remove the seed pods. These plants like full sun, moist, well-draining neutral soil, however, keep in mind that they do not handle cold weather well. They can grow quite tall, 10-15 ft, and mine even decided to start climbing my Guava tree. However, their vines are easily redirected to where you want them to grow.
**THESE SEEDS CAME DIRECTLY FROM MY GARDEN AND MY BE CROSS POLLINATED**
While I do not spray my plants with anything, I can not officially offer these as organic. However, they are organically grown.
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