Attractive, easy to grow annual vine with delicate pink pea-like blooms that turn yellow on the 2nd day. The flowers are small, but have an interesting shape. Produces pea-like seed pods. Perfect flower for your cottage garden or on a trellis near your patio where you and your guests can admire the small delicate blooms close up. Blooms mid summer-frost.
Strophostyles helvola (sometimes spelled S. helvula) is a species of flowering plant in the legume family known by the common names amberique-bean, annual wooly-bean, trailing wild bean, and trailing fuzzy-bean. It is native to eastern North America, where it occurs in eastern Canada and the eastern United States. These seeds come from a native Texas stand.
This species is an annual vine with a fuzzy stem up to 3 meters long. The leaves are usually divided into three lobes. Pealike purple flowers grow on leafless stalks. The fruit is a fuzzy pod up to 10 centimeters long containing shiny black seeds with hairy coats.
This bean grows in many habitat types, including disturbed areas, where it is a pioneer species, taking hold in areas where there are few other plants. It grows in several types of soil, especially sandy types, and it can grow in dry or moist conditions. It can often be found in seaside dune habitat, where arbuscular mycorrhizae help it withstand saline conditions.
This plant was used medicinally by Native American peoples. The Houma people used it to treat typhoid and the Iroquois used it topically for poison ivy irritation and warts. The Choctaw people used the roots for food.
In my area of Central Texas, I have found this plant growing in only one small area, so I consider it fairly rare and hard to find. The bean pods are edible, making this a possible survival food and worth the effort to establish.
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