Etymology: Lathyrus: from the Greek lathyros, an old name for "pea"
Plants: trailing perennial, to 3' tall forb
Flowers: red, 5-parted, 1" long; blooms June-Aug.
Habitat: shores, beaches, inland sands; in sandy soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
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