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Coast Swainson Pea

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Scientific name
Swainsona lessertifolia
Common name
Coast Swainson Pea
Plants that Clothe the Bluff
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Plant Form
Ground covers
Where to find
Cliff and Central Shrubland
Foliage
Dark green, oval leaves with oblong leaflets, softly hairy below
Flower
The purple pea flowers, often with a white centre, are clustered at the end of a slender stem.
Size
H 0.1 – 0.3 m x 0.4 – 1 m
Flowering
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Description
This delicate pea plant has sprawling stems of paired, divided leaves and produces stalklets with up to 20 deep purple flowers.

This attractive wildflower prefers the rear of the dunes and copes well with salt spray. Coast Swainson Pea is a very hardy plant despite its quite delicate appearance.

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