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Vol. XIII No.22 - Sunday November 2, 2014 - Saturday November 15, 2014

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How does your garden grow?  
By Eric Danell Dokmai Garden


The Butterfly pea

The lovely Butterfly Pea is easy to grow, a good climber with beautiful flowers and easy to grow from seed.

One plant which enjoys the extra rain in the start of the cool season is the butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea, Fabaceae). Its flowers are cobalt blue and are used by the Thais to dye rice blue, or to make sweet blue drinks. We prefer to grow the original form with its unique shape, while the flore pleno mutant with many extra petals are more commonly seen in the Chiang Mai gardens, as each flower provides more pigment. The origin of the butterfly pea is obscure, but it is now pan-tropical.
The descriptive name Clitoria was coined by Linnaeus during the burlesque 18th century. However, people worldwide have made the same association as Linnaeus and therefore the plant has been used to cure venereal diseases and as an aphrodisiac, according to the Doctrine of Signatures.

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The Butterfly pea



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