spurred butterfly pea
Centrosema virginianume
  • LEAVES: deciduous; alternate; compound with 3 leaflets, 1 to 2.5 -inch long; egg-shaped to nearly lance-like; entire
  • FLOWER: single or in clusters of 2-4, in leaf axils; upside down violet flowers, 0.75 to 1.5 inch long; calyx is five-lobed, five petaled; large lower lip, usually white at the mid-vein; July-August
  • FRUIT: legume; pod that spirals after splitting at maturity
  • TWIGS:
  • FORM: trailing or twining vine/forb/herb; 6-12 ft
  • HABITAT: acid soils, sandy woodlands, and fields
  • RANGE: native throughout the southeast; New Jersey south to Florida; west to Texas; north to Arkansas.
  • USES:
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. flowers position up-side down
    2. long spur, or claw, at the back of the flower