beach pea, inland beach-pea
A native perennial vine with succulent bluish-grey leaves bearing deep-hued pink to purplish-blue flowers that bloom July and August. The beach pea not only graces the shores with its beauty, but stabilizes the shifting sands with its deep expansive root system. The developing and mature fruits further enhance its visual appeal.
dunes, sandy to gravely beaches
lathyros = old greek term for pea + japonicus = of Japan
Wild Flowers, An Aid to Knowledge of Our Wild Flowers and Their Insect Visitors
virtual herbarium sheet 000005 created by Lisa K. SchlaG, 9.ii.2014