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Abronia latifolia (Coastal sand verbena)
Reveal, James L.

Abronia latifolia

Abronia latifolia Eschsch.

Coastal Sand Verbena, Yellow Sand Verbena

Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock Family)


USDA Symbol: abla2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Many yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers in hemispherical heads bloom atop long stalks in leaf axils of trailing stems.

This is the only yellow Sand Verbena. Two similar species, each differing primarily by flower color, grow along the Pacific Coast. Beach Pancake (A. maritima), from southern California to Mexico, has wine-red flowers, and Beach Sand Verbena (A. umbellata), from British Columbia to Baja California, has flowers varying from deep pink to white.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Accessory
Size Notes: Prostrate branches, up to about 6 feet long, forming a dense mat.
Fruit: Winged.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Canada: BC
Native Distribution: Southern California to British Columbia.
Native Habitat: Dunes along the Pacific Coast.


Propagation Material: Seeds

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Abronia latifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Abronia latifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Abronia latifolia


Record Modified: 2023-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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