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Common Name: Butterfly Pea
Photograph by: Eleanor
Centrosema virginianum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
It has uses.
South-eastern N. America, as far north as New Jersey, southwards into the Tropics.
Dry sandy soils in woodlands[
Succeeds in any sandy or loamy soil in a sunny position[
]. Tolerant of poor acid soils, dry soils and drought[
A climbing plant, supporting itself by twining around other plants[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and sow in a greenhouse in the spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and plant out in the summer.