Beach pea inhabits coastal areas in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. It is also found through much
of interior Canada and the northern United States.
Identification: Plants are 12-24" (30-60 cm) tall. Flowers are ¾" (1.9 cm)
in size, in clusters of 6 to 10. Leaves are in opposite pairs, oval in shape, with a tendril at the tip of each
branch. They are an attractive mix of dark and light pink in color, and appear from June to
August. Fruits look identical to those of garden sweet peas, in clusters of six to ten pods, each 1½-3½" (3.8-8.9 cm) long
and ½" (1.3 cm) around.
Edibility: Young plants are edible and nutritious, either raw
or cooked. However, the peas, which look tempting because they closely resemble garden peas, are