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Pink Sand Verbena
Abronia umbellata
  
About Pink Sand Verbena (Abronia umbellata) 3 Nurseries Carry This Plant 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
Plant Type
Annual herb

Dormancy
Dormancy
Summer Semi-Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Sandy, well-drained soil. Soil PH: 4.6 - 7.8

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Disturbed sandy places, dunes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.4" - 64.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 1.98", Coldest Month: 44.4" - 60.6", Hottest Month: 57.4" - 90.2", Humidity: 0.01" - 48.21", Elevation: -253" - 3239"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Beach Sand Verbena, Beach Sand-verbena, Purple 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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