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Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea)
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The beautiful, deep blue flowers are used in Asia to colour tea and certain rice dishes blue. An easy climber for indoors or a greenhouse.

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2 days

€ 3,00
Price per 10 seeds


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Common name:
Butterfly Pea

Tropical Asia

Minimum temperature:
10 degrees Celsius

A tropical climber with beautiful, deep blue flowers. They are about 4 cm large and have a yellow heart. They are used in the Asian kitchen as a natural pigment for colouring food. Especially rice dishes, like the well known nasi kerabu, are coloured blue with these flowers. In Thailand the flowers are used to brew blue tea.
Originally the species occurs only in south east Asia, but now can be found throughout the tropics globally. The plant can be kept as an annual or perennial. With a maximum height of metres it will do well in a pot. The Latin name Clitoria was chosen by Linnaeus because of the flower's shapes. To Linnaeus, they looked like the female sex organ and is why he chose this surprising name.

Sowing description:
Scarify the seeds in 1 place with sandpaper and then soak for 24 hours in luke warm water. Sow in sowing mix and germinate at 20-25 degrees Celsius. 

Sowing time:
Whole year

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Mona - 27-11-2018 17:00

De zaadjes deden het prima, ik was er erg blij mee. Alleen had ik de kleine plantjes zaterdag naar de woonkamer verhuisd ivm de lagere temperaturen, en mijn twee katten hebben over nacht alle bladeren opgegeten. Gelukkig zijn ze niet giftig! In het voorjaar opnieuw beginnen dus..

Carl en Louise - 18-09-2018 21:31

Na vier dagen zijn er al drie kleine plantjes uit de grond gekomen. We zijn erg benieuwd hoe ze verder gaan groeien!

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