August 03, 2015

Botanical Names: Butterfly Pea

Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicots
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae → Papilionaceae (The Pea family)
Botanical name: Clitoria ternatea
Common Name: Butterfly Pea
Malayalam name: Sankhu Pushpam
Habit: Perennial Climber

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