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Abronia fragrans Nutt. ex Hook.
Fragrant verbena, Sand verbena, Snowball, Snowball sand verbena, Sweet sand-verbena
Synonym(s): Abronia fragrans var. glaucescens
USDA Symbol: abfr2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Flowers in 2 inch heads
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WY Native Distribution:
to w. TX
n. through Rockies and western Plains Native Habitat:
Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Woodlands edge, Opening, Sandy plains
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Loose, deep, sandy soils.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Aromatic, Rock gardens, Rocky hillside, Color, Blooms ornamental
Use Wildlife: Sand verbena attracts butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Easily raised from fall-sown seed in mild-winter areas. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Germination may be enhanced by removing the seeds from the papery fruit
just before planting. Commercially Avail:
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 Discovery Gardens
- Dallas, TX
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: DEW