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Connecticut Plants
Beach Pea
Lathyrus japonicus Willd.
  • Family: pea (Fabaceae)
  • Habitat: sandy shores
  • Height: 1-2 feet
  • Flower size: 3/4 inch wide
  • Flower color: pink to purple
  • Flowering time: June to August
  • Origin: native
Lathyrus japonicus Willd.
Lathyrus japonicus Willd.

Beach pea pods resemble those of garden peas -- but note the beach peas contain a toxin.