|Subkingdom:||Tracheobionta – Vascular plants|
|Superdivision:||Spermatophyta – Seed plants|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants|
|Class:||Magnoliopsida – Dicots|
|Family:||Fabaceae → Papilionaceae (The Pea family)|
|Botanical name:||Clitoria ternatea|
|Common Name:||Butterfly Pea|
|Malayalam name:||Sankhu Pushpam|
Clitoria is so-called because it's flowers resemble the shape of the female reproductive organ. Blue and white varieties are found. Yellow markings can be found towards the center of the flower. I have only white one in my garden. The plant is widely used as an Ayurvedic medicine. According to the "Ayurvedic and Natural Home Remedies for a Healthy Living", the plant can cure cold, cough, fever, vomiting, piles and asthma. A decoction of the plant can be used to cure throat related infections. The roots are also used to treat mental disorders. They have the ability to improve memory. The plant is very effective in treating anxiety and depression related problems. The plant is also used in treating sexual disorders like infertility. And the list goes on.
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Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala
Flowers of India
Medicinal Benefits of Clitoria ternatea