Centrosema virginianum

  • Family name: Fabaceae or Leguminosae
  • Host plant for: Long-Tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
  • General description: Delicate herbaceous perennial climbing or twining vine with leaves comprised of three narrow, elliptical leaflets, and large upturned purple to pinkish pea-like flowers with white centers. Showy flowers last less than one day. Grow in full sun to partial shade. Adaptable to many soil conditions. Propagate by seed. Can be trained to climb or used as a ground cover. Evergreen in southernmost counties.
  • Type: Perennial vine
  • Flower: Upturned purple to pinkish flowers with white center
  • Bloom time: Spring to fall, all year in southern counties
  • Soil type: Moist to dry, well-drained, sandy soils
  • Maximum height: Will cover small shrubs or climb to the tops of small trees
  • Candidate for home gardens: Showy, easy to grow plant
  • Availability in nursery: Not commercially available
  • Frenquency in the wild: Common
  • Habitat: coastal uplands, sandhills, pine flatwoods, hardwood forests, ruderal
  • County: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, De Soto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton
Full sunFull Sun
Partial sunPartial Sun
Moderate wateringModerate Watering

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