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Abronia villosa
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Hairy Sand Verbena
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Abronia villosa

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About Hairy Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa) Abronia villosa is a species of sand-verbena known by the common name desert sand-verbena. It is native to the deserts of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico and the southern California and Baja coast. It is a short, hairy annual wildflower which grows in creeping prostrate masses along the ground. It has oval-shaped dull green leaves and many peduncles bearing rounded flower clusters of bright magenta or purplish-pink flowers. It grows in the sand of the deserts and coastlines. It has a very sweet fragrance, and is also very sticky. They usually grow between February and May.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb, Perennial herb

Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Sandy places


Elevation ?
-228' - 7029'

Annual Precip. ?
2.4" - 29.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 2.31"

Coldest Month ?
33.5° F - 61.4° F

Hottest Month ?
60.7° F - 89.7° F

Humidity ?
1.11 vpd - 47.01 vpd


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

Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Desert Sand Verbena, Desert 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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