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PlantFiles: Beach pea
Lathyrus maritimus

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lathyrus (LAY-thy-russ) (Info)
Species: maritimus (muh-RIT-tim-mus) (Info)

Synonym:Lathyrus japonicus

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Category:
Groundcovers
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Blue-Green
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral Todd_Boland On Jan 14, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a lovely plant of coastal headlands and beaches throughout Newfoundland. They bloom over a long period, from early June to mid-August. The plants can climb by tendrils but generally forms a loose mound upon itself. Too coarse for the garden and may require salt to keep it happy (it does generally grow within the coastal spray zone). Typical of many coastal plants, the leaves the leathery to rubbery and a lovely blue-green colour.

Neutral gazp On Jun 22, 2003, gazp from Birmingham
United Kingdom wrote:

Prostrate plant, seen on a shingle beach in Suffolk England.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Nome, Alaska
Seward, Alaska



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