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Asian Pigeon Wings or Aparajitha: Interesting Facts, Plantation, Health Benefits

Chitrangada enjoys gardening in her own little space. She is a self taught gardener, who loves nurturing her flowering plants, herbs, shrubs

How to grow Aparajitha plant in your home garden

How to grow Aparajitha plant in your home garden

Aparajita flowers from my garden

Aparajita flowers from my garden

Aparajita or the Asian Pigeon Wings Flowers

Mother Nature has abundance of beauty, with unlimited varieties of trees, plants, shrubs and herbs. Some of them grow Worldwide, while others grow in specific regions, in specific climates or conditions.

  • Aparajita or the Asian Pigeon Wings is a shrub or vine, quite commonly grown in South East Asia, but also in some other countries of the World.
  • It can be easily grown in the small home gardens, backyards, whether in pots or soil. Propagation of Aparajita can be done, through seeds and cuttings.
  • The Aparajitha flowers bloom in beautiful colours of white, violet, purple and dark blue.
  • Gardening is one of my favourite activity. I love to grow and nurture the herbs and shrubs, which look beautiful, and also have some health benefits. I prefer planting low maintenance plants, so that I can take care of them by myself. Flowering plants, whether in pots, or my front garden attract birds, butterflies, bees etc., which is therapeutic, and generates positive vibes.

All the flowers and the vine shown here, are from my home garden.

Violet Aparajita from my home garden

Violet Aparajita from my home garden

Blue Aparajita from my home garden

Blue Aparajita from my home garden

Interesting Facts About the Aparajita or the Asian Pigeon Wings

  • Aparajita has many other names, such as the Asian Pigeon Wings, Blue pea, Shankh pushp, Butterfly pea and others.
  • The botanical name of the flower is Clitoria Ternatea.
  • In India, it is considered as an auspicious flower, and is offered to Gods and Goddesses in the prayer rituals.
  • The Hindi meaning of Aparajita is, ‘the one who cannot be defeated’, or ‘the unbeatable.’
  • Shankh pushp means, the flower which resembles the conch shell, and the conch has religious and spiritual significance in Indian culture.
  • It is also believed to bring positive vibes and positive energy, by rectifying the adverse or the negative energy, in and around the house, or wherever it is growing.
  • According to the Ayurveda, the seeds, flowers, and the roots have immense health benefits, and they are used in the composition of the herbal medicines.
The seeds of the Aparajita flowers

The seeds of the Aparajita flowers

The Vine of Aparajita growing in my garden, is planted in the soil. The pea pods can be seen here.

The Vine of Aparajita growing in my garden, is planted in the soil. The pea pods can be seen here.

How to plant and grow the Aparajita plant

Aparajita or the Asian Pigeon Wings is a vine, and can be grown easily in the pots, containers, in the soil in the home gardens or backyards.
Few hours of Sun, and moisture in the soil, can result in good growth of the vine, with many blooms everyday. All the colours of the Aparajita look strikingly beautiful, but the blue and purple are the most popular ones.
Before planting, choose the right place, as the climbers need space and support to climb and grow.

Growing through seeds:

As the vine grows, one can see pea pods all along the shrub, which are initially green in colour. After few days they turn pale brown, and if not plucked from the plant, they dry on the plant itself. You may pick up the pea pods and separate the seeds, to be planted later.
If the vine is planted in the soil, the seeds drop all around, as they dry, or are dispersed by the birds, and many new plants grow themselves. You may take out the saplings, and plant them elsewhere, or gift them to some gardening enthusiasts.

Soak the seeds overnight, in water at room temperature, Prepare pots with normal garden soil. Spread seeds at a little distance from each other. Cover with a thin layer of soil. Sprinkle water, and wait for few days, for it to grow new Aparajita plants.

Growing through cuttings:

Cut an old, thick stem from the vine. Remove the leaves, and cut diagonally at the end. Prepare five to six sticks like this. Plant these stems, in a container with normal garden soil, at appropriate distance from each other. Sprinkle water and place the container, at a place where you have at least 3 to 4 hours of Sunlight.
Wait for a week, and the fresh leaves will be visible.
Please follow the video.


How to grow Aparajitha from the seeds and the cutting, Source: YouTube

Aparajitha grown in pots through cuttings, from my garden

Aparajitha grown in pots through cuttings, from my garden

Aparajita growing in container/ pots. Choose a place where the vines can climb with a support, from my garden

Aparajita growing in container/ pots. Choose a place where the vines can climb with a support, from my garden

Asian Pigeon Wings or Aparajitha

*Botanical name: Clitoria Ternatea

*Other names: Aparajitha, Blue pea, Butterfly pea, Darwin pea, Shankh pushp, Bluebell vine, Cordofan pea, Asian Pigeon Wings

*Native to: Southeast Asia, Equatorial Asia, some parts of Africa, Australia, America

*Plantation: Through seeds, cuttings, saplings

*Soil: Regular moist garden soil

*Sunlight: Needs 3 to 4 hours Sunlight

Aparajita flowers have many health benefits

According to the ancient Ayurvedic practices, the Aparajita plant has been found to be beneficial in many ways.

  • They are used as antidepressants, anticonvulsant and also used for de-stressing.
  • They are used as medication, to enhance memory.
  • Aparajitha flowers have been found to regulate and manage blood sugar levels.
  • The flower has been found to be good for skin and hair health, and is used extensively in Ayurvedic compositions.
  • In Ayurveda, they are also used as tranquilliser, or sedatives.
  • Due to it’s anti fungus and anti bacterial properties, the leaf extracts are used in skin ointments for healing wounds.
  • The flower petals are also used for eye ailments and have been found to improve the eye sight.
  • The flower is also used for female related problems, and interestingly the botanical name of the flower is inspired by the same.

Other Uses:

The bright colours of the flowers are used as natural colouring component for culinary purposes.

The flowers of Aparajita are used to prepare herbal tea, other drinks, and beverages in many Asian countries.

In many Asian countries, the bright coloured flowers are used in the textile industry for natural textiles.

Immense health benefits of Aparajitha flowers, Source: YouTube

Other Suggested Readings:

1. Read more about the Clitoria Ternatea or Asian Pigeon Wings, via Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoria_ternatea

2. Learn how to make herbal tea with Aparajitha, via Down to Earth https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/food/sip-those-blues-away-60302

3. Aparajita health benefits, via Planet Ayurveda https://www.planetayurveda.com/library/aparajita-clitoria-ternatea/


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 28, 2021:

Thank you Ravi Ji, for your nice comments.

I am glad that you liked the article and the details of growing this beautiful vine.

I have planted two varieties of this useful plant in my home garden, and they are growing beautifully. Therefore, wanted to share this with the readers.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you so much.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on June 28, 2021:

Great article Chitrangada.I had heard about the sankh flowers but never knew the name of the plant. Your article gives very useful step-by-step instructions to cultivate this fabulous vine. Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 28, 2021:

Thank you Manatita, for appreciating!

I wish you are able to find this beautiful vine, in your part of the World!

Have a good week ahead!

manatita44 from london on June 27, 2021:

Wish I had some for my shrine. Awesome!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 27, 2021:

Good day Manatita!

Aparajita flowers are considered auspicious for prayer rituals, and this vine is from my home garden. They are commonly grown here, and need little maintenance.

I am glad that you liked the information and my flower pictures.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you so much.

manatita44 from london on June 26, 2021:

Mother nature has an abundance of beauty indeed! Your photos are so colourful and vibrant! Didn't know these plants nor their medicinal properties. Awesome!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 24, 2021:

Hello Marlene!

I am glad that you liked the information about this beautiful vine and it’s flowers. Hope you find them around your place. It’s easy to grow and maintain, and would enhance the beauty of your garden.

Many thanks for reading and appreciating. Have a good day!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 23, 2021:

This flower is very pretty and also very versatile. I have never seen it before, but I will certainly keep an eye out for it because I would love to grow it in my flower garden.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 23, 2021:

Thank you Devika, for reading and appreciating this article.

I am glad that you liked the information and the useful vine and it’s beautiful flowers. Yes, they attract birds, butterflies, bees etc. I love looking after my garden. It’s therapeutic to me.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 22, 2021:

Hi Mary!

Good to read your comments. I am glad that you liked the information about this lovely plant, and it’s beautiful flowers. They certainly have positive vibes around them.

Thank you for reading and appreciating.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 21, 2021:

Thank you Peggy, for reading and appreciating the information about this beautiful vine. Good to read your positive comments. Yes, it’s difficult to find the articles on the feed.

Thank you for your kind words of praise for my garden. I enjoy my time there.

Have a good day and thank you so much.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 21, 2021:

Interesting to know the many uses of this plant. I love the flowers and its beauty alone spreads good vibes around.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2021:

Thanks for telling us about this vining type of plant with beautiful flowers. I am glad that I finally found this in the feed so that I could leave a comment. Your garden must be so beautiful!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 21, 2021:

Thank you Vidya Ji, for reading and sharing your thoughts about this lovely vine and it’s auspicious flowers. We also use them for puja offerings.

I have planted them in pots, in the balcony, as well as in my front garden space. Obviously, the later ones give more flowers.

Thank you so much for reading and appreciating the article. Have a great week.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 21, 2021:

Hello Patricia!

So good to read your comments after a long time. Hope you are doing well.

I am glad that you liked the information about this beautiful vine, and it’s bright flowers.

Take care and thank you for reading and commenting.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 19, 2021:

A very interesting and informative article on Shankh pushp, Chitrangada. It's an auspicious flower and we use it as offerings in pujas. Thanks for enlightening us about it's various health benefits. Nice to know it can be grown in pots also. I am surely going to get them. The pictures of your garden are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Hi Bobbi!

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment on this article. So pleased to know that you liked the information and my garden pictures.

Sorry to know about the tree, from your grandmother’s time. I can understand the attachment to the trees and plants, we grow.

Thank you so much for your presence here, and wish you a happy weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Thank you Brenda, for reading and appreciating the article.

Have a good day. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Thank you Linda, for your encouraging words.

Glad that you liked the information and my garden pictures.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Thank you Nithya, for your kind visit and appreciation of the article.

Pleased to know that you liked the information. Thank you for always supporting my work. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Thank you Misbah, for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad that you liked the information about these beautiful and useful flowers.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you and God bless you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Hello Shauna!

Thank you for reading and appreciating the article.

Though, these vines are native to Southeast Asia, they are grown in some other countries as well, including America. They can be grown anywhere, where the region is warm and sunny.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you and good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Thank you M G Singh Ji, for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad that you found the information about these vines, interesting.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Thank you Vanita, for reading and appreciating the article. I am sure, you are familiar about Aparajitha flowers. Glad that you liked the flower pictures from my garden.

Always a pleasure to read your thoughts. Thank you so much.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 19, 2021:

Fascinated with this plant...simply adore climbing Vines and the vibrant colors. Angels are headed your way this morning.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on June 19, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I enjoyed this very much--such beautiful plants and flowers in India--I know you enjoy living there.

The top of a very old Oak tree fell the other day and mashed most of my 60 year old Azalea bushes--some were 12 feet tall. I now have a holy mess to clean up. They were plant by Grandmother.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Hi Thelma!

So good to read your comments after a long time. I am glad that you liked the information about this beautiful and useful plant.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Thank you Devika, for your kind words of appreciation and encouragement.

You are right, plants attract birds, and it’s a pleasure to watch their movements.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your continued support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Hi Pamela!

I am pleased to read your comments. Yes, I enjoy gardening, and find this to be therapeutic. Nurturing the plants, and watching them grow is a pleasure.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Thank you Amara, for taking the time to read the article and comment.

I am glad that you liked it and found the information, interesting.

Appreciations and thank you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 18, 2021:

You have a green thumb my dear.

Great article.

Love the pics.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 18, 2021:

This sounds like a very interesting plant. It looks lovely. Thank you for sharing the information and the beautiful photos.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 18, 2021:

An interesting and informative article about the Aparajitha plant with beautiful photos. Your garden must be lovely with all the colorful flowers. I enjoyed reading, thank you for sharing.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 18, 2021:

Chitra Di, what an interesting and detailed article about Aparajita plant. I found it very informative. The facts and health benefits are amazing. The video is also very nice. Thanks for sharing. Take care!

Blessings and Love, dear Di

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2021:

Thank you Rosina, for your appreciation of the article. I am glad that you liked the information about this beautiful vine and it’s unique flowers.

Yes, I love gardening, and find it to be therapeutic.

Appreciate you for sharing your thoughts. Thank you for reading, commenting and supporting my work.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 18, 2021:

I've never seen this plant. The flowers sure are pretty! Does this plant grow in America, Chitrangada?

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 18, 2021:

You have the knack for imparting interesting information. This was another nice article.

Vanita Thakkar on June 18, 2021:

Very useful information about the beautiful Aparajita flowers and plants, Chitrangadaji. The snaps are wonderful. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 18, 2021:

What a beautiful plant. I have not seen this plant before. Your photos are awesome. I am very sure that you have a green thumb. Thanks for sharing this very informative and interesting flower. Have a nice day Chitrangada. Take care always.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2021:

Thank you Millicent Okello, for your kind visit and words of appreciation.

I am glad that found the information useful and educative.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 18, 2021:

A great attraction for birds as well

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 18, 2021:

Hello This is interesting, from your life and a beautiful image of your garden and must be a pleasure to keep it that way. Most beneficial and with such lovely plants.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2021:

Thank you MsDora, for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad that you liked the information and the gardening tips for this useful vine.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you so much.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 18, 2021:

Your garden is beautiful, and it looks so healthy, Chitrangada. I love all of your pictures. You must have a green thumb. This is a very interesting article and your gardening advice sounds very good.

Amara from Pakistan on June 18, 2021:

Its an interesting article about this beautiful plants.. Thanks for sharing Chitra di..

Rosina S Khan on June 18, 2021:

The Aparajitha plant with its facts, plantation, and health benefits makes this hub intriguing and spellbound. I especially loved the blue-flowered species from your home garden. Gardening is a good hobby and I appreciate it. Thanks for sharing information about this marvelous plant.

Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on June 18, 2021:

I love the fact that it is very easy to grow and maintain. It is a plant I have never seen and I am happy that you wrote an educative article about it.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 18, 2021:

This plant is a treasure. Lovely hues of blue. Good for so many uses. Thanks for such an informative and beneficial article on the Aparajitha (among its many other interesting names). Beautiful work!

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