Centrosema virginianum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Spurred Butterfly Pea

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Size:ft tall by vines up to 6 foot long ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,purple,lavender
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Winter dormant (north), evergreen (south). Blooms summer-fall (north) or year round (south).
Habitats:Pinelands and open coastal uplands


Recommended Uses:Butterfly garden, natural landscape, habitat restoration
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.



Larval host plant for long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus) and northern cloudywing (Thorybes pylades) butterflies.

Pollinated by bees.

Primarily dispersed by ants.