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August 5, 2008 / Bo Mackison

In the Pink

Everlasting Pea

Everlasting Pea

This wildflower was blooming in abundance in the meadows on Washington Island. It is referred to as the “everlasting” pea because of its long flowering season – mid June through the end of September. The plant has a fruit which looks like the cultivated garden pea pod, though it is inedible. The showy flowers attract butterflies and sphinx moths for pollination.

Meadow on Washington Island

Meadow on Washington Island

Washington Island, only 22 square miles, is sparsely populated. The island is 6 miles off the northern tip of Door County and it is hailed as “North of the Tension Line.” In this meadow, one of many wide open spaces on the island, the pea was prevalent; elsewhere there were stands of Queen Anne’s Lace and orange Day Lilies.

4 Comments

  1. montucky / Aug 5 2008 5:50 pm

    That’s certainly a pretty flower! Your photo is great too! With that long flowering season, that would be a great plant to have around!

  2. davidlind / Aug 5 2008 8:28 pm

    Wonderful flower. It looks like it has been cultivated with care not fending for itself in the wild.

  3. amuirin / Aug 7 2008 6:11 pm

    That flower looks incredibly real. Tactile. Fleshy. It could almost be a 3-D picture.

    Sphinx Moths! Those are pretty awesome.

  4. Gandalf / Aug 8 2008 10:09 am

    Wonderful picture and interesting info on the flower. I’ve never heard of it before.

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