Spurred Butterfly-Pea

Spurred Butterfly-Pea

Fabaceae Centrosema virginiana

Native

The spurred butterfly-pea is found from Florida to Texas and north to New Jersey. It is a vining plant that invades disturbed sites after the first year of early successional plant growth. This plant prefers alluvial woodlands, forest openings, and swamp margin. Sometimes found on sandhills, abandoned fields, and roadsides.

Like many wildlife-dependent plants it spreads from animal dispersed seeds, and persist with woody rootcrowns. In piedmont and coastal plain soil types, this plant becomes important to Northern Bobwhite. White tail deer also forage on the leaves of this plant.