Abrus precatorius seeds Prayer Bead Seeds
Abrus precatorius has delicate feathery foliage, clusters of pale violet flowers, and grows easily in zones 9-11. Even more impressive than the blossoms are seedpods that split open to reveal brilliant red seeds punctuated with a black dot. No surprise they're used in jewelry.Rosary Pea is also grown for its remarkable medicinal properties throughout the tropics, but the seeds are extremely toxic if they are broken and swallowed. They're incredibly hard, nearly impossible to break, but this is not a plant to grow around children.Rosary Pea grows easily from seed in full or partial sun, well-drained, moist soil. It does so well in warm zones it can be invasive. Elsewhere, grow it as an annual.