The Butterfly Pea
I made a trip down to see my community garden in Tanglin Secondary School. The school is planning to expand its garden and I was asked to source for more plants and new design of the garden. I was rather surprised that many of the plants there are doing very well, despite the very hot weather recently.
The butterfly pea plant (Clitoria ternatea), is growing extremely well. There are only two plants and they come as a single vine almost half a year ago, and now they had grown into a spectacular shrub! There are countless of flowers and seed pods every now and then, which the school harvest them to make some delicacies.
Flowers and Seed pods
As some would know, the flowers of this plant are harvested to extract its blue colouring, which is used in some Peranakan dishes and Nonya kuehs. The flowers are pounded and squeezed and the blue colouring is then heated before use.
The Butterfly Pea is a very easy to grow vine for apartment gardeners too. They are fast growing and flower readily. However, they are prone to red spider mites and it will be beneficial to inspect the plant every now and then.