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CLITORIA Butterfly Pea

Clitoria ternatea

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Family: Fabaceae

Characteristics: Perennial vine 100 cm

Seeds per packet: 10

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This fast growing climber that produces 50 cm blue flowers in mid to late summer.
Provides quick covers for lattice, trellis, and fences and will flower 6 weeks after planting.

Adaptable to most well-drained soils in a protected sunny position. Drought and frost tender.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.

Seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.

  1. Soak seed in tepid water overnight.
  2. Sow swollen seed, re-soak others.
  3. Sow the depth of seed size.
  4. Keep warm & moist but not wet.
  5. Germination should occur in 14-21 days @ 18-22C.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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