In the Pink

Everlasting Pea

Everlasting Pea © 2008 Bo Mackison

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 © 2008 Bo Mackison

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.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


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

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

    Sphinx Moths! Those are pretty awesome.

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

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