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Centrosema pubescens - Butterfly Pea - 10 Fresh Seeds
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Centrosema pubescens - Butterfly Pea - 10 Fresh Seeds


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Centrosema pubescens - Butterfly Pea

This listing is for 10 seeds of this South American native, also known as Centro

Centro is a perennial herb that can reach a height of 45 cm (18 inches). The root system can reach up to 30 cm in depth, frequently in association with nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Stems grow and branch rapidly, producing a dense mass of branches and leaves on the soil. Stems do not become woody until about 18 months after planting. Leaves are trifoliate, with elliptical leaflets approximately 4 × 3.5 cm (1.6 × 1.4 inches), dark-green and smooth above but whitish and densely hairy below. Flowers are generally pale violet with darker violet veins, born in axillary racemes. Fruit is a flat, long, dark brown pod 7.5–15 cm (3–6 inches) long, containing up to 20 seeds. Seeds are spherical, about 4–mm (0.16–inches) in diameter, dark brown when ripe.

The plants are not hardy, so can be grown in pots or baskets in colder areas and overwintered out of the cold. Makes an interesting hanging basket plant to add something a bit more tropical to your garden. Full instructions can be found here.

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