• Nancy Redfeather

Clitoria Ternatea: A Lovely Lady for the Garden and the Kitchen

Deep blue indigo colored flowers are few and far between in the world of nature, and the Blue Butterfly Pea Vine flower is in a category all by itself! The German Botanist Johann Philipp Breyne discovered and named the plant while on expeditions to Ternate Island in Indonesia in the 1800s. He was a contemporary of Charles Darwin and both were working on the ideas of natural selection and evolution of the species. The Portuguese name for the plant is Fula Criqua meaning flower of creation. Filipino’s call it Pukingan and the small green pods are cooked and prepared into a traditional dish. Malaysian’s call it Bunga Telang. Other names are Asian Pigeonwings, Blue bell Vine, and Darwin Pea.