Butterfly pea from Gary in SC

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We found this plant on the power line right of way at the back of our property in Catawba, SC. I’ve seen the plants many times while mowing but this is the first time I’ve seen it in bloom. Any help in identifying it would be much appreciated.

Hi Gary,

your plant is Clitoria mariana,  the butterfly pea, a type of wild bean. Large and attractive. You can find more about it here: http://www.missouriplants.com/Bluealt/Clitoria_mariana_page.html


Steve Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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