Butterfly Pea "Purple" - Live Plant


Purple Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea)

4in pot size

Butterfly Pea is an perennial or annual vine. Once established, butterfly pea easy to grow and requires little attention, just a helping a little to train it up a trellis. The lavender flowers are used to primarily to make tea or as a natural dye for food.
Since butterfly pea is a legume, its roots form a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria. Meaning these plants gather their own nitrogen from the air and store it in nodules in their roots which benefits the soil.

The most valued feature of Butterfly Pea is its vibrant blue to purple flowers. There are plenty of different flower colors.

Growth Habit:
Butterfly Pea is a climbing plant, making it great for trellises.

Blooming Season:
This plant produces flowers throughout the warm months of the year, and each blossom usually lasts for a day.

Culinary Uses:
Butterfly Pea flowers are often used in traditional Asian cuisines for their natural blue color. They are used to make color changing tea and as a natural food coloring.

Plant Butterfly Pea in full sunlight for the best flowering. It can tolerate partial shade but may bloom less.

Well-draining soil is preferred. Enrich the soil with organic matter for better growth and overall health.

Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Ensure proper drainage to prevent root rot.

Butterfly Pea prefers warm temperatures and is sensitive to frost. It thrives in tropical and subtropical climates.

Feed the plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season.

Prune the plant to encourage bushier growth. Pinch off the tips regularly to promote branching.

Pests and Diseases:
Watch out for pests like aphids and caterpillars. Treat pest issues promptly.

Culinary Use:
Tea Preparation: Harvest flowers for making tea. The blue color can change to purple with the addition of acidic ingredients like lemon juice.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

2-7 business days

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are we organic?

Although we aren't certified organic we use only organic practices we no use of pesticides or insecticides.

Sizing details:

Pot size - 3in, 4in or 5in (based on listing)
Plant height - 6+ inches

Shipping from our nursery to you:

We ship on Monday & Tuesdays according to climatic conditions to ensure your plants arrive in a timely manner for proper care, without unnecessary time spent in their dark box.

Where we cannot ship to:

At this time we are not able to fulfill orders outside of the U.S. due to agriculture regulations.
We also do not ship to Hawaii or Alaska because of their distance from our nursery and the sensitive nature of the plants we ship.

Reviews (3)


The plant arrived very well packages and has done well in its new home! I absolutely love how beautiful this plant is and it has some flowers starting to bloom on it after just a month since my purchase. Thank you!

In INCREDIBLE condition. Already grown so much since they arrived. I've had unfortunate experiences in the past from different people sending me plants, not this time! Perfect condition. Thank you so much!

The plant was in Excellent condition. Thanks

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