Canavalia rosea

seaside jackbean, baybean, beach-bean

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: .5-1 ft    Width: to 40 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      pink,lavender
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      green,brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Groundcover in sandy areas. Used for dune stabilization. Fast growing.
Considerations: It can be aggressive in the landscape. The seeds and seed pods are poisonous.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Circum-neutral to calcareous


wildlife plant  
Attracts pollinators.
Native Habitats: Coastal dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Has a history of human use including use as a psychoactive substance and as food (experimentation not recommended). Said to have been an important food for the British explorer, Captain James Cook and his crew during their voyage around the world from 1768 to 1771.

Other Comments:

An important sand dune stabilizer.