Desert Sand Verbena

Abronia villosa

Sand Verbena Abronia villosa


Mojave and Sonoran deserts of southeastern California, southern Nevada, western Arizona and northwest Mexico.

Sand Verbena Abronia villosa


Sandy flats, dunes and desert roadsides below 1,500 feet.


Bright pink, trumpet-shaped, 5-lobed, fragrant flowers, 2 to 3 inches wide, bloom February through May.


Desert sand verbena are sticky, hairy creepers that have flower stalks up to 10 inches long, with stems trailing up to 3 feet. Leaves are oval with wavy edges 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long. Sand verbena can carpet desert washes for miles after abundant winter rains.

Sand Verbena Abronia villosa

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