Explore Plants

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 

Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

rate this answer
8 ratings

Saturday - April 04, 2009

From: Claremont, CA
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: When and where does sand verbena, Abronia ameliae, bloom in Texas
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Hello, I am a botany student in California. I need to collect a branch or two of Abronia ameliae, a Sand Verbena that grows only in Texas. I must collect this plant when it is both in flower and fruit (flower and fruit characters are needed for correct identification). Can you tell me when I should travel to Texas to find this plant in bloom and fruiting in wild? Would you be able to tell me where I should go looking for it? Also, can you tell me which airport is closest to the areas where Abronia ameliae grows? Many thanks.

ANSWER:

The USDA Plants Database shows Abronia ameliae (Amelia's sand verbena) growing in South Texas in Hidalgo, Starr, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg and Live Oak counties.  Our Native Plant Database indicates that it blooms March through June, Loughmiller's Texas Wildflowers: a Field Guide (revised edition) gives April through August as the bloom period and Ajilvsgi's Wildflowers of Texas says it is February through May.  Your best bet is to contact the South Texas Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (based in Corpus Christi) to see if there is someone there who would be willing to keep a lookout for the plants in bloom. Additionally, you might make contact with someone in the biology department in one or more of the several universities in the area—for example, Department of Biology at the  University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, the  Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi or in Biological Sciences at the  University of Texas Brownsville—to see if anyone in those institutions would help watch for plants in bloom.

You have several choices for airports in the area: the Corpus Christi International Airport, the Valley International Airport in Harlingen, the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport in Brownsville and the McAllen International Airport in McAllen.

 

 

More Wildflowers Questions

Plants for steep clay bank in Summerfield OH
April 07, 2012 - Hello, We have a steep 15-20 foot high bank behind our house here in southern Ohio. Probably 50 ft.long. What could we plant for beauty and erosion control. It is nasty clay soil with lots of shale an...
view the full question and answer

Propagation of Castilleja latifolia in Fort Bragg CA
October 08, 2009 - What is the propagation method for Castilleja latifolia ssp. mendocinensis? Do I need to grow Castilleja latifolia ssp. mendocinensis seed with native associate plants in the propagation greenhouse be...
view the full question and answer

Culture and location of native Stachys coccinea
May 10, 2006 - What are the soil, light, and water requirements for Texas betony (Stachys coccinea) and in what area(s) of Texas does it naturally occur?
view the full question and answer

Questions about Clematis virginiana in Austin, TX.
August 26, 2011 - Hello! I have a few questions regarding Clematis virginiana. Is it scented? Does it attract birds and butterflies? Do only female flowers get the feathery plumes? If yes, how do I know if ...
view the full question and answer

Wildflowers of my region
March 20, 2004 - How can I learn more about the native plants and wildflowers of my region?
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.

Bibliography

Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide: Revised Edition (2006) C. Loughmiller, L. Loughmiller, D. Waitt

Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

Search More Titles in Bibliography