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Blue Clitoria Ternatea Plant for Sale - Gokarna Variety

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Original price Rs. 379.00
Current price Rs. 339.00
Common name:
Mussel Shell Climber, Butterfly Pea
Regional name:
Hindi - Koyal, Marathi - Gokarna-mula, Bengali - Aparajita, Gujarati - Garani, Kannada - Sankhu, Malayalam - Aral, Sanskrit - Asphota, Tamil - Kakkanam, Telugu - Dantina
Climbers, Creepers & Vines, Medicinal Plants
Leguminosae or Fabaceae or Pea family


Clitoria ternatea, commonly known as butterfly pea, blue pea, or Asian pigeonwings, is a perennial climbing vine with vibrant blue flowers. This plant is native to tropical Asia and has been widely cultivated for its ornamental, culinary, and medicinal properties. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about growing, caring for, and enjoying the benefits of Clitoria ternatea.

Growing Clitoria ternatea

  1. Choosing the right location: Clitoria ternatea thrives in full sun to partial shade. Ensure the plant has at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily. It prefers well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (6.0-7.0).

  2. Propagation: Propagate Clitoria ternatea from seeds or cuttings. Soak seeds in water for 24 hours before planting. Plant seeds about 1 inch deep and 3 inches apart in well-prepared soil. Cuttings should be taken from healthy, established plants and planted in moist, well-draining soil.

  3. Watering: Clitoria ternatea has moderate water requirements. Water regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Reduce watering during winter months.

  4. Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Alternatively, use an organic compost to enrich the soil.

  5. Pruning: Prune the plant regularly to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. Remove dead, diseased, or damaged stems as needed.

Caring for Clitoria ternatea

  1. Pest and disease control: Clitoria ternatea is relatively pest-resistant. However, watch for common pests such as aphids, spider mites, and caterpillars. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to control infestations. Fungal diseases can be controlled by ensuring proper air circulation and avoiding overwatering.

  2. Support: Provide support for the climbing vine using trellises, arbors, or fences. This will encourage the plant to grow vertically and produce more flowers.

  3. Winter care: In colder climates, Clitoria ternatea should be grown as an annual or overwintered indoors. Bring potted plants inside before the first frost and place them in a sunny window.

Benefits of Clitoria ternatea

  1. Culinary uses: The vibrant blue flowers are edible and often used as a natural food coloring or garnish. They can be steeped in hot water to create a blue tea, which turns purple when lemon is added due to the change in pH.

  2. Medicinal properties: Clitoria ternatea has been used in traditional medicine for its potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and memory-enhancing properties. It may also help reduce anxiety and depression.

  3. Ornamental value: The stunning blue flowers make Clitoria ternatea an eye-catching addition to any garden or landscape design. The plant attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, promoting biodiversity.

By following this comprehensive guide, you can successfully grow and care for Clitoria ternatea while enjoying its numerous benefits.