Clitoria ternatea or Butterfly pea of Ayurveda is a very common perennial vine that is native to tropical and equatorial regions but is now found even in other parts of the world. In this post, we will talk about butterfly pea uses, benefits and side effects.
This creeper is herbaceous and requires very little care because of which it is one of the plants suitable for re-vegetation.
It has ornamental value because of its oblong green leaves that offer dense green cover that has a butterfly pea flower interspersed, making these flowers look striking.
The Clitoria ternatea plant has attractive deep blue colored flowers with unequal sized petals assembled in a shape that are similar to a woman’s clitoris. The pale-yellow color radiating upwards from the base of the flower further accentuates the resemblance.
That is the reason its scientific name is Clitoria ternatea. Some of the plants, however, may have white colored plants. External petal is larger, and it also has veins that branch towards the external tip of the flower.
The stem of this plant is like any other creeper. Leaves are pinnately compounded, i.e., there is a petiole that extends in rachis. This rachis ends in leaf and has leaves on either side.
Basically, this plant is a relative of the common pea plant. Therefore, it is a leguminous plant enjoying a symbiotic relationship with a bacterium.
The fruit is in the form of pod, and they are edible but only when the seeds are unripe. The pods are long and resemble those of common peas though these pods are a bit compressed.
Since no part of this plant is poisonous, all parts are used either in cooking or in medicines. It is used in Malaysian, Thai, and Burmese cooking. Food colour is also extracted from it.
Ayurveda is not the only medicine branch that has identified the medicinal properties of butterfly pea plant. Chinese have also used this plant in medical preparations for curing ailments afflicting reproductive organs. The plant has also been used in Unani medicines.
Butterfly pea side effects
Excessive drinking is not suggested as some of its dynamic ingredients could cause harmful impacts over the long haul. Pregnant ladies and breastfeeding moms should maintain a strategic distance from its utilization.