Rosary pea is a small, high climbing vine with alternately compound leaves, 2-5 inches long, with 5 to 15 pairs of oblong leaflets. The flowers are pale violet to pink, clustered in leaf axils. The pod is oblong, flat and truncate shaped. This seedpod curls back when it opens, revealing the seeds. The striking seeds are small, brilliant red with a black spot and are used for jewelry, in percussion instruments and other crafts. Plant is said to have medicinal benefits.
Propagation: This plant species is propagated through seeds and very easy to grow. Zone: 9 (10 to 20°F, down to about -6°C)
► Note: The seeds are toxic if digested and care should be used when drilling.
Other Names: Abrus abrus, Jequirity, Crab's eye, Abrus cyaneus, Glycine abrus, paternoster pea, love pea, precatory pea or bean, prayer bead, John Crow Bead, coral bead, red-bead vine, country licorice, Indian licorice, wild licorice, Jamaica wild licorice, Akar Saga, coondrimany, gidee gidee, Jumbie bead, ratti/rettee/retty, weather plant, Hung Tou, Red Chanoti, Gunja Seeds, Red Chirmi