Centrosema virginianum (Butterfly Pea)

Centrosema virginianum, also known as Butterfly Pea or Spurred Butterfly Pea, is an annual wildflower native to the United States.

It blooms from summer through the fall months in areas across the Southeast, including Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. It is also found in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

This plant has an abundance of small but striking flowers that have a bright blue hue with white eyespots on the petals. The stems can reach up to three feet tall, making it a good pick for gardeners who want to add a vertical element to their flower garden.

This wildflower prefers well-drained soil in a sunny spot and can tolerate some light foot traffic if it is planted in an area where people tend to walk.

Centrosema virginianum Information

Common NamesButterfly Pea, Spurred Butterfly Pea
Introduced to USAAL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, + PR, VI
SizeAbout 6 feet

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Centrosema virginianum edible?

Yes, Centrosema virginianum is edible. This wildflower can be eaten as a snack or used in salads or cooking as an edible garnish. It has a light and nutty flavor that many find pleasantly sweet.

Is Centrosema virginianum an invasive species?

No, Centrosema virginianum is not an invasive species. Native to the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida and other Southeastern states.