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Abronia fragrans

Fragrant verbena, Sand verbena, Snowball, Snowball sand verbena, Sweet sand-verbena

Nyctaginaceae (Four-O'clock Family)

Abronia fragrans (Fragrant verbena)
Simpson, Benny
Hearts-delight or sand verbena can be an upright or widely sprawling perennial, ranging in height or width from 8-40 in. Its long, funnel-shaped flowers are usually white, but are sometimes tinged with green, lavender, or pink. Numerous blossoms are held in ball-shaped clusters at the ends of the sticky-hairy, branched stems. The flowers open in late afternoon and close in the morning.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower: Flowers in 2 inch heads
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AZ , CO , KS , MT , NE , NM , ND , OK , SD , TX , UT , WY
Native Distribution: N. AZ to w. TX & OK, n. through Rockies and western Plains
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Woodlands edge, Opening, Sandy plains

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Loose, deep, sandy soils.


Use Ornamental: Aromatic, Rock gardens, Rocky hillside, Color, Blooms ornamental
Use Wildlife: Sand verbena attracts butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2007-01-01