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Clitoria mariana

Phonetic Spelling
klih-TOH-ree-uh mar-ee-AH-nuh
Description

This delicate mouse-ear looking plant will have you hearing the sounds of the sweet woodland areas. This plant has trailing stems but seldom climbs and therefore stays close to the ground so that it can hear the magic of the woodland areas. Its delicate beauty will add a subtle elegance into any woodland area. With the essence of a time long ago, it will draw you to listen with it to the sounds of nature and all its beauty. 

Interesting facts:

This plant likes dry sandy soil and open areas of pink, pine-oak, oak-hickory woods as well as clearings and thickets.

Its season is from May to September.

Family name Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Quick ID Hints:

  • Young stems,leaves covered with reddish-brown hairs
  • Funnel-form flowers in spring, single or hose-in-hose
  • Low, dense shrub with crowded evergreen leaves in tiers
  • Calyx rounded, 5-lobed, short

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#white#partial shade#summer#blue#lavender#perennial#purple flowers#wildflowers#fall interest#sandy soil#vines#summer flowers#vine#mouse ear#woodland#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#white#partial shade#summer#blue#lavender#perennial#purple flowers#wildflowers#fall interest#sandy soil#vines#summer flowers#vine#mouse ear#woodland#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Clitoria
    Species:
    mariana
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Vine
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Its bloom time is from May-September. This plant has 2-in., pale lavender-blue to violet flowers. It has a large rounded standard which is notched at the tip. The keel and white petals are short. This plant has 1-3 flowers per stalk that arise from the axils of leaves. Small bud-like flowers are produced late in the season.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Stalked leaves are divided into 1-2 in. egg-shaped or lance-shaped leaflets.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil