Rosary Pea

Abrus precatorius

Rosary Pea


This is a perennial climbing plant twining around trees up to twenty feet. Originally a tropical plant, now introduced into the southern United States, it is occasionally cultivated as an ornamental plant or for its seeds. The seeds are very toxic and one seed contains more than enough abrin to kill an adult. The symptoms are at first gastrointestinal, with purging and temperature fluctuations followed by incoordination and paralysis.