Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Co.Cork

Sea Pea
Lathyrus japonicus
Peasairín trá
Family: Fabaceae

Flowering time: June-August. Long-lived perennial. Native.

Purple-pink flowers with paler keel, fading to blue-mauve. 5-15 flowers in each raceme. Blunt, grey-green, slightly fleshy broad leaflets, 2-5 pairs per leaf, hairless. Usually with tendrils. Angled stems. Prostrate or sprawling, to 100cm.

Coastal, found on shingle, blown sand, sand-dunes. Mainly on coasts of SW Ireland. Protected species.


Photographs: Co.Cork. June 2007

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