A long the coast.
Summer and early autumn.
Flowers: clustered on slender axillary peduncles. Calyx: of five unequal sepals. Corolla: showy; papilionaceous. Stamens: ten; united. Pistil: one. Pod: long; narrow. Leaves: divided into three to five pairs of oval, smooth leaflets; the common petiole ending in a tendril. Stem: stout; leafy.
Wending our way through the sand dunes that guard the approach to the seashore we pass the beach pea growing in low clumps. There is a healthy look about its soft green spotless leaves, and the varying tones of its purple flowers harmonise well with the white sand. We cannot help but fancy that it feels a subtle joy in its powers as it stretches out its firm tendrils to raise itself upward.