Sex in the City Garden

April 21, 2010 by

Clitoria ternatea, Photo: Aruna at ml.wikipedia

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.

  • Tom Longshaw

    who knew garden news could be so racy?

  • Kathleen Whitby

    Very classy blog site! Loved being in the workshop today…learned so much. This plant, the Clitoria Ternatea is gorgeous. I have a passion for blue flowers. I’ll send a picture of a couple from my garden in past early summers. One bush I had comes from Zimbabwe. I’m glad to find your site.

  • Robin Plaskoff Horton

    It was wonderful having you at our Blogging Workshop today–you contributed some wonderful things. I am looking forward to reading your blog!

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