Plant Details

Centrosema virginianum

Spurred Butterfly Pea

Scientific Name:

Centrosema virginianum

Common Name:

Spurred Butterfly Pea

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)


NC Native


Herbaceous Vine

Bloom Color(s):

blue, purple, lavender

Size in Feet:

up to 6


part sun to shade

Soil Moisture:


Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont, Mountains

Habitat Description:

Dry woodlands and openings.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)


Attracts butterflies

Spurred Butterfly Pea at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill

This is an adaptable plant with 1.5" flowers, a great addition to a pollinator garden.


Paynter, August 2012, Chapel Hill


Note the flat shape of the flower. The flower is similar to that of Clitoria mariana, Butterfly-pea, which differs in having a pronounced scooped shape for its largest petal (the standard or banner).


Side view of flower

The sepals, looking here like narrow leaves pressed against the flower, are very long. In Clitoria mariana, the Butterfly-pea, they are much shorter.



USDA PLANTS Database Record

Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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