Butterfly pea (Clitoria Ternatea)

Company School1770/1810

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Exeter, United Kingdom

Butterfly pea is frequently used in Ayurvedic
medicine, as a memory enhancer, antidepressant and tranquilliser. Different
parts of the plant have been shown to have different properties, but an
infusion of the roots appears to be most effective. In traditional Chinese
medicine it was used to treat infertility and ailments of the female
reproductive system. In other traditional medicines it was used to encourage
The flowers are used to colour food, or make
herbal tea that is blue in alkaline solution, turning pink if acids such as
lemon juice are added.

Drawings of Indian plants and trees later named at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew


  • Title: Butterfly pea (Clitoria Ternatea)
  • Date: 1770/1810
  • Physical Dimensions: w390 x h555 mm
  • Provenance: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter City Council.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Medium: Watercolour
  • Artist: Company School

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