Aparajita Plant: Easy to care perennials with enchanting blue flower
Aparajita plants are known for their attractive and unique deep blue flowers. They are also said to have medicinal values. They require very little care and maintenance and can be grown almost anywhere.
Quick Details of Aparajita Plant
|Other Common Names||Asian Pigeonwings, Blue Pea, Bluebell Vine|
Darwin Pea, Cordofan Pea, Butterfly Pea
|Type||Outdoor flowering perennial|
|Light||Bright direct sunlight|
|Water||Drought resistant, water when the soil is dry|
|Temperature||Warm humid conditions|
|Soil||Any well draining soil|
|Common Diseases||Aphids, mites|
|Scientific name||Clitoria ternatea|
Aparajita Plant Buying Instructions
- Buy a bushy Aparajita plant.
- Leaves should not be dead or infected leaves and stem should be strong.
- Buy a healthy plant.
Overview of Aparajita Plant
They are perennial herbaceous flowering plants that are native to Asia and belong to the family Fabaceae. These plants are mostly seen as a vine or a creeper. The leaves are green, and elliptical shaped. The most attractive feature are the flowers. They are single deep blue colour flowers with an yellow center. Some of the species are white in color.
Usage and Advantage of Aparajita
- Used as a food colorant.
- The flower is used in making tea.
- Used in traditional medicine.
- Used as a natural dye.
- Grown as an ornamental plant.
General Care for Aparajita
They can grow in almost all kinds of soil as far as they are well draining.
The soil should be moist especially during the growing season. Water the plants twice a week or when the soil starts to dry. These plants are drought resist and can survive without water for sometime, so if in doubt do not water them.
They prefer bright direct sunlight. The plants can also grow in partial shade but the rate of blooming might reduce. To grow a healthy plant, make sure they receive enough amount of sunlight.
Temperature: They prefer warm humid conditions.
Special Care for Aparajita plant
Pinch the growing tips ones a month to promote branching. Remove any dead or infected leaves or other parts of the plants. Dead heading of the flowers can also be done.
They do not require any fertilizer.
Pests and other problems for Aparajita
They are not prone to many pathogens. However, pests like aphids and mites can attack the plant. Spray neem oil or any mild soap solution. Over watering of plants can attract most of the pests and pathogens. Avoid over watering the plants and over head watering. Excess water or moisture in the soil can cause root rot.
Propagation of Aparajita
The propagation is mostly done through seeds or cuttings.
The seeds can be collected from the dried flowers or from a nursery. Nick the seeds and soak it in luke warm water for 24 hours. Sow the seeds half inch deep in early spring and water them regularly. Provide ample amount of sunlight. The seeds should germinate within 2-3 weeks.
The cuttings can be made from a healthy growing tip. Cut at least 4 inches long stem, remove leaves from the base of the cuttings and plant it in a moist soil or potting mix.