Abronia exalata Standl.
Abronia latiuscula Greene
Abronia orbiculata Standl.
Common Name: Transmontane Sand Verbena
Abronia turbinata is an annual, occasionally short-lived perennial plant. Much-branched, the stems are decumbent to ascending[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
South-western N. America - California, Nevada and Oregon
Found in Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Sagebrush Scrub and Creosote Bush Scrub at elevations of 900 - 2,500 metres in California[
A plant of the warm temperate to subtropical zones where there are few frosts, it is not very hardy in cooler areas of the temperate zone.
Prefers a light well-drained sandy soil in full sun[
Seed is rarely ripened on plants growing in Britain[
A poultice of the mashed leaves has been applied to swellings[
Seed - sow autumn or early spring very shallowly in pots of sandy soil in a greenhouse[
]. Germination can be very slow unless you peel off the outer skin and pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water[
]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 15°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.