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Abronia ameliae Lundell
Amelia's sand verbena, Heart’s delight, Amelia's sand-verbena, Sand verbena
USDA Symbol: ABAM2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This beautiful flower which grows on the sandy prairies of South Texas is not, as the common name implies, a member of the Verbena Family.
The plants are 12–18 inches tall, branched and sometimes sprawling, and sticky or gummy all over. Stems are coarse and hairy. Leaves are opposite, 1–2 inches long and two-thirds as wide, and wavy on the edges with a stem 1/2–1 1/4 inches long. A flower stem grows out of each pair of leaves. The orchid flowers grow in umbel-like round clusters, 2 inches across with 40 or more individual florets. The florets are 1 inch long, tubular, with 5 petal-like lobes, each deeply cut and very delicate. There are 3–5 stamens. When the flower goes to seed it looks like a cushion filled with pin.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Flowers in 2 inch heads
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
TX Native Habitat:
Open woodlands, Roadsides USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy
BenefitUse Ornamental: Blooms ornamental, Planned landscape, Garden, Showy, Color
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-Moths, Nectar-insects
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Fall-sown seed
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Austin, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1010
Collected 2011-04-06 in Brooks County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2013-04-22
Research By: TWC Staff