Lotus crassifolius v. otayensis is the California native lotus that comes from Otay Mountain.
Lotus crassifolius var. otayensis
Otay Mountain Lotus
Sun: Moderate to Full
Water: Low to Moderate
Size: 3 feet
Furry grey upright stems, clusters of purple and white pea-sized flowers in spring, grey-green oblong leaves. Endemic to California.
They sure do look like pea flowers. I wonder if this is in the pea family?
It is! It is in the Pea Family – Fabaceae.
Did I forget to mention that Otay Mtn. is in San Diego County? Sounds like a desert down there.