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Abronia umbellata

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About Pink Sand Verbena (Abronia umbellata) 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 or annual, with thick, succulent leaves. Leaves are slender, may be either smooth or hairy, and oval ore diamond-shaped. Stems are as long as leaf blades, and often hairy. Plant has 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 lance-shaped leafs. 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 a popular native plant for landscaping in California.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Summer Semi-Deciduous

Leaves fleshy, oval to more or less diamond-shaped, with 1/2–2 1/2 in. long petiole

Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Disturbed sandy places, dunes


Elevation ?
-253' - 3239'

Annual Precip. ?
2.4" - 64.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 1.98"

Coldest Month ?
44.4° F - 60.6° F

Hottest Month ?
57.4° F - 90.2° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 48.21 vpd

Soil Description
Sandy, well-drained soil

Soil Texture

Soil PH
4.6 - 7.8


Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low, Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment. Germination may be poor.

Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Purple Sand Verbena, Beach Sand Verbena

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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