Abronia villosa var. villosa

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Botanical Name: Abronia villosa var. villosa
Common Name: Desert sand verbena

Rare throughout its range, endemic to CA. Threatened by flood control activities and development. Requires excellent drainage. Does best on coast.

Plant Family: Nyctaginaceae
Plant Type: Annual
Height by Width: 4 in. H x 20 in. W
Growth Habit: Prostrate to ascending
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: January - August
Flower Color: Pink to magenta
Endangered?: List 1B/RED 2-3-3
Distribution: South Coast, Deserts
Natural Habitat: Sandy places in creosote-bush or coastal-sage scrub. 2000' - 4000'

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Theodore Payne Catalog Description
"Perennial of trailing habit flowering in a few months from seed and can be treated as an annual. Flowers lilac pink, very fragrant. Found abundantly on the sands at Palm Springs and other places in the desert."
Other Names
No other scientific names have been identified.
1993 Jepson Manual Treatment
Flora of North America
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
California Native Plant Link Exchange