January – grass leaf and creeper, [Clitoria ternatea ], 35x28cm, oil on cotton
Many common names, including butterfly -pea and blue-pea. Family: Fabaceae. A vigourous, persistent herbaceous perennial legume. Native to Africa. Now widespread throughout the humid lowlands of Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Introduced as a cover crop. Widely planted as an ornamental on fencerows. Increases soil fertility, used to improve yields of subsequent crops. Used as a revegetation species. Medicinal uses.