Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Abronia villosa S. Wats.
Desert sand verbena, Desert sand-verbena, Desert sandverbena
Nyctaginaceae (Four-O'clock Family)
A soft-haired, sticky plant with bright pink, trumpet-shaped flowers in heads that bloom on stalks growing from leaf axils. Desert sand-verbena appears as a mat following winter rains, growing 20 in. across and 3-6 in high. Short, sticky hairs cover both the inch-long, oval,
fleshy leaves and the many-branched stems. Erect, 1-3 in. stems bear conspicuous clusters of fragrant, lavender-pink flowers.
Following ample winter rains, Desert Sand Verbena may carpet miles of desert with pink.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
AZ , CA , NV , UT Native Distribution:
S.w. AZ, s.e. CA, s.w. UT & adjacent Mex. Native Habitat:
Driest desert areas USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Dry, well-drained soils. Conditions Comments:
Can be used as an annual
ground cover as it reseeds.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes