Aparajita Plant|Clitoria Ternatea| Butterfly Pea
Plant name Aparajita(Butterfly Pea) Pot size 8 inch. It has a very soothing impact on the nervous, circulatory and psychological systems of the body. Aparajita is commonly known as Koyala in Hindi. Theplant belongs to Fabaceae family and its Latin name is Clitoria Ternatea.
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The Butterfly Pea or Clitoria Ternatea is fast growing climber is a fairly common tender perennial species that produces two inch, pinkish blue flowers in mid to late Summer. They provide quick covers for lattice, trellis, arbor and chain-link fence, and are a favorite food source for butterflies.
Growing Requirements for Butterfly Peas(Aparajita)
Unfortunately, Butterfly Pea plants are only hardy in USDA zones 10-11, but because they are such fast growers they are often grown as an annual plant in colder regions.
Butterfly Peas prefer to be grown in full sun but they will tolerate light shade.
These are very drought tolerant plants, but they should be watered regularly for the best results.
Never over water Butterfly Peas!
Pinch regularly to induce bushiness.
Butterfly Pea seed pods are edible and tasty.
How to Grow Aparajita Plant from Seed
The seeds of the Butterfly Pea should be nicked or filed, then soaked overnight in room temperature water before planting.
They can be sown directly in the garden with 3-4 inch spacing when the soil warms in the spring.
Start seeds indoors 12 weeks before the warm weather arrives, maintaining a temperature within the growing medium of 70°-75° F.
Germination takes 15-20 days.