Beach Bean

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Canavalia rosea

Family : Fabaceae

The Beach Bean is a vigorous, trailing creeper that inhabits the fore dune area. A single plant can cover very large areas. The leaves are divided into 3 large, round leaflets, the centre leaflet being the largest.

The large pinkish – purple pea flowers are held on stalks above the leaves. They appear periodically for most of the year. The pods are flat and thick, encasing several large seeds. Pods are woody and often hairy, growing to 15 cm. They appear periodically throughout the year, particularly April to October.

The Beach Bean stabilises the sand for other plants to colonise. It’s an excellent ground cover for gardens as it grows fast and keeps out weeds. It’s also very pretty year round and attracts bees to the flowers. Crabs and similar wildlife will use colonised areas for protection.


Quick Facts

Flowers All Year
Fruit All Year
Coastal Zone Fore Dune - Dune Crest
Fauna Habitat Bees, Crustaceans and Others
Growth Habit Creeper
Typical Height Creeper
Soils Well Drained Soils
Amount of Sun Full Sun
Amount of Water Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Extremely Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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