Beach Pea

Lathyrus japonicus

Family Pea or Bean (Fabaceae)
Bloom Summer
Habitat Sun, sand, dunes, sandy beaches
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 1-2′
Flower A cluster of 3-10 pink to purple pea flowers on a long stalk
Leaf Compount leaf 3-6″ long with up to 6 pairs of fleshy egg-shaped leaflets. A forked tendril is at the tip of the leafstalk.
Notes This is a common plant around the Lake Michigan beaches.

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