April 21, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Due to her uncanny similarity to the female body part, Clitoria Ternatea, a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family, has been used traditionally to cure sexual ailments like infertility and gonorrhea, control menstrual discharge, and also as an aphrodisiac.
She’s like the perfect party guest: With her vivid deep blue flowers and resemblance to you-know-what, she adds a bit of eroticism to the garden and is a great conversation starter. Not only is she beautiful, sensual, and requires little care when cultivated, she arrives bearing fruits 5-7 cm long, flat pods with 6 to 10 seeds in each pod, which are edible when tender. Clitoria Ternatea is a perennial herbaceous plant bearing elliptic and obtuse leaves, grows as a vine or creeper, and does well in moist neutral soil. She’s on my A-list.