Species Guide: Urban Wildflowers

Blue pea flower

Blue pea flower, Bunga telang

Clitorea ternatea

A climber with flowers that are usually a deep blue colour with a white centre. It can be found cultivated in homes or growing wild in hedges. It has five to seven oval leaflets and produces small, flat seed pods. The flowers are used as food colouring in Malaysian cooking.

Status: Least concern, Native

Habit: Perennial climber

Cultivation: Planted by seeds or transplanting

Ecological Function: Attracts pollinators, ground cover

Pollinators:  Large bees

Soil: Clay, loam and organic soils

Moisture: Moist soils

Shade: Partial shade, no shade