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Abronia villosa

Desert sand verbena, Desert sand-verbena, Desert sandverbena

Nyctaginaceae (Four-O'clock Family)

Abronia villosa (Desert sand verbena)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
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 Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S.w. AZ, s.e. CA, s.w. UT & adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Driest desert areas

Growing Conditions

Water 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.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2009-02-21