Common name(s): Magenta Sand Verbena, Beach Sand Verbena
Family: Nyctaginaceae- Four-O'Clock Family
Species: Abronia umbellata
Commonly found: Found in upper beach and dune habitats, and adjacent sandy disturbed areas. Mostly below 1200ft.
Size: Leaves grow up to 2.5" long and 2" wide. Flowers are about 0.5" long.
Origin: Native. Beach sand verbena is found along the West Coast form Pugent Sound, Washington to Baja California.
Description: Beach Sand Verbena may be smooth or covered with sticky hairs and often has sand grains stuck to it. The main stems sprawl along the ground for a meter or more, occasionally buried in sand. There are usually 10 – 30 flowers per cluster originating from a single point; all flowers open at the same time. Beach sand verbena was the first California plant described by European scientists. Seeds were collected from Monterrey in 1786 by the French Compte de La Perouse expedition.