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Hairy Sand Verbena
Abronia villosa
About Hairy Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa) 4 Nurseries Carry This Plant 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. To learn more, visit the Jepson Herbarium's YouTube channel and watch a short video about this species:
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual Herb

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL
Euphyia implicata Image
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Lithariapteryx abroniaeella Image
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Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Extremely Low, Very Low


Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy places

Annual Precipitation: 2.4" - 29.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 2.31", Coldest Month: 33.5" - 61.4", Hottest Month: 60.7" - 89.7", Humidity: 1.11" - 47.01", Elevation: -228" - 7029"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Desert Sand Verbena, Desert Sand-verbena, Desert Sandverbena

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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