Abronia villosa S. Watson
Desert sand verbena
Desert sand verbena is a desert-tolerant variety, a native to the west coast of North America. Like other sand verbenas, it is found in loose sandy soils.
Identification: All verbenas have hemispherical flowerheads composed of tiny flowers. The neat round "flowers" are really bracts (modified leaves)—the plant does not have petals. These plants are usually less than six inches high, forming low mats. The foliage is gray-green in color, and the stems are fuzzy. Desert sand verbena is found in the Mojave Desert, in creosote bush scrub at elevations below 5000' (1.5 km). Desert sand verbena looks similar to pink sand verbena (see below), but it is found in more arid settings. (It can occur on beaches though.)
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|Plant||Less than 6" (15 cm) high, spreading in mats.||Less than 6" (15 cm), in mats up to about 20" (50 cm) wide.|
|Leaves||Thick, succulent, oval or diamond-shaped.||Dull gray-green, oval-shaped.|
|Stem||Often hairy.||Very hairy, sticky.|
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Abronia villosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 13 Jul 2023.