Herb: Butterfly Pea

Latin name: Centrosema virginianum

Family: Leguminosae

Description of the plant:


2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

July to

Habitat of Butterfly Pea:

Dry sandy soils in woodlands.

Other uses of the herb:

The plant can be allowed to grow without supports and it will then sprawl over the ground as an effective ground cover. Plants have been grown as a green manure. The plants extensive root system makes it useful for stabilizing soils and controlling erosion.

Propagation of Butterfly Pea:

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.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry sandy soils in woodlands.

Medicinal use of Butterfly Pea:

None known

Known hazards of Centrosema virginianum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.