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Abronia villosa - S.Watson.

Common Name Desert Sand Verbena
Family Nyctaginaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found in creosote bush scrub from sea level to elevations of 2500 metres in California[276].
Range South-western N. America - Nevada and Arizona to California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Abronia villosa Desert Sand Verbena


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Abronia villosa Desert Sand Verbena

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Abronia villosa is a ANNUAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from Jul to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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The plant is used to induce the flow of urine[257]. A poultice of the mashed roots has been used to treat burns[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a light well-drained sandy soil in full sun[200]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, though it should succeed outdoors in the southern part of the country, especially if given a warm sheltered site[200]. Seed is rarely ripened on plants growing in Britain[1].

Propagation

Seed - sow autumn or early spring very shallowly in pots of sandy soil in a greenhouse[133]. Germination can be very slow unless you peel off the outer skin and pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water[200, 245]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 15°c[133]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Abronia fragransSnowball Sand Verbena21
Abronia latifoliaSand Verbena, Coastal sand verbena20
Abronia turbinataTransmontane Sand Verbena01

 

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