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The delicate flowers of this vining plant are traditionally used in Southeast Asia to make vibrant blue food coloring, or combined with lemongrass to make hot or cold tea. The tea will turn purple if you add lemon juice! Many cultures ascribe medicinal value to the flowers as well. Scarify and soak seeds before planting to improve germination. Full sun. Annual.
SMALL FARM GROWN by Hazel Witch Farm, Glen Allen, VA
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|Approx. Seeds per Packet ||Average packet weight ||Seeds / gram ||Average seed / oz|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|After Last Frost||65-80°F||Full Sun||Frost Sensitive|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Days to Harvest|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Butterfly pea is an annual that prefers full sun to partial shade and rich, well-drained soil with moderate moisture.
For best germination, nick the hard seed coat prior to planting. Direct seed outdoors in early spring. Plants will tolerate a light frost. Optimum soil temperature for germination is 65-80˚F. Sow 1" deep and 3" apart. Seeds will sprout in 10-21 days. Thin so mature plants are 6-12" apart.
To reduce disease, avoid overhead watering and do not plant legumes in the same location year after year.