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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Abronia villosa S. Wats.
Desert sand verbena, Desert sand-verbena, Desert sandverbena
USDA Symbol: ABVI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
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
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Plant seeds in late summer, fall or early spring. Germination may be enhanced by removing the seeds from the papery fruit.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff