The genus Clitoria´s name reflects the flower’s resemblance to the female genitalia. Botanists have discussed changing the name because some find it inappropriate, there have been many suggestions for other names, but until now no solution has been found so the name stays the same.
In Thai traditional medicine it is also believed to be beneficial for female reproductive health.
All over Thailand street vendors is selling a Butterfly pea tea made from the flower, the drink is a radiant purple/color.
One of the many benefits of the tea one is, that it is believed to be good for detoxifying and cleansing the body.
Because of the strong color, the flowers are also used for food color and clothing dyes.
Butterfly pea has many antioxidants and is therefore believed to strengthen the body’s immune system, boost energy, slow down aging, reduce the risk of cancer and reduce blood sugar levels of patients with diabetes. It is also believed to be beneficial for depression.
Externally Clitoria ternatea is among other uses, used for treating hair loss and strengthening the hair. The juice is also used for eye care. The plant is also used for toots powders and treating toothache.
Botanical name: Clitoria ternatea
English name: Butterfly pea
Thai name: อัญชัน Senchan
Species: Clitoria ternatea
Flower, Leafs, Roots
Clitoria ternatea is a perennial climbing wine with blue flowers. It can grow upto 1,80 meter.
Range: Africa, now widespread throughout humid and sub-humid lowlands of Asia.
Elevations: 185-610 meters.
Care: Full sun, moist neutral soil.