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Centrosema virginianum - (L.)Benth.
                 
Common Name Butterfly Pea, Spurred butterfly pea
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry sandy soils in woodlands[200].
Range South-eastern N. America, as far north as New Jersey, southwards into the Tropics.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Centrosema virginianum Butterfly Pea, Spurred butterfly pea


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Centrosema virginianum Butterfly Pea, Spurred butterfly pea
   
Physical Characteristics
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Centrosema virginianum is a PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Green manure;  Soil stabilization.

The plant can be allowed to grow without supports and it will then sprawl over the ground as an effective ground cover[200]. Plants have been grown as a green manure[200]. The plants extensive root system makes it useful for stabilizing soils and controlling erosion[200].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any sandy or loamy soil in a sunny position[200]. Tolerant of poor acid soils, dry soils and drought[200]. A climbing plant, supporting itself by twining around other plants[200]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].
Propagation
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.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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