Abronia umbellata

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 Abronia umbellata subsp. var.  Beach sand verbena
Pink sand verbena
Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Width: 8 in to 36 in
Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers
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USDA Zones: 8 to 10
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Flower features: red, pink
Nyctaginaceae > Abronia umbellata var. ,

Abronia umbellata (Pink sand verbena) is a flowering and ornamental plant native to the western United States. Other common names include Beach Sand Verbena and Purple Sand Verbena. Abronia umbellata is a prostrate perennial with thick, succulent leaves (leaves occur few to many and are slender, glabrous to glandular, opposite, ovate to diamond-shape with stems as long as leaf blades, stems are often hairy) and pink to purple colored flowers with white centers. Generally found in sandy, well-drained soil in areas with low precipitation, it can become a striking carpet-like groundcover in undisturbed areas after winter rains. Pink Sand Verbena tolerates seaside conditions and is found on the west coast of the North America from British Columbia, Canada to Baja California, Mexico. Sand Verbena is typically found on beaches and sand dunes blooming throughout most of the year. Flowers occur in clusters subtended by 5-8 lanceolate bracts. The flowers do not have petals, but the calyx lobes are cleft giving the appearance of 10-16 petals. The limbs of the perianth is bright colored sometimes to purplish magenta and the tube can be green or red but always-glandular pubescent. The tube includes one pistil and three stamens.

A. umbellata frequently hybridizes with other species of Abronia, including Abronia maritima. Its flower is fragrant at night and attracts moths. The foliage can be deciduous based on environmental stress. This plant is sometimes used in California in native plant gardening[1].

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

umbellata. (syn. Tricratus admirabilis, A. rosea.) Perennial: similar in habit and pubescence to the above, but lvs. stalked, the blade ovate, acute at both ends: fls. pink, about 1/2 in. May, June. Calif, seacoasts to Columbia.

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More information about this species can be found on the genus page.



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  1. Bailey, L. H. (2005). Manual of Gardening (Second Edition).. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. 

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