Abronia aurita Abrams
Abronia pinetorum Abrams
Abronia umbellata villosa (S.Watson) Voss
Common Name: Desert Sand Verbena
Abronia villosa is an annual plant with decumbent to ascending stems. Plants often become much-branched and widely-spreading, forming large, loose mats of growth[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
South-western N. America - Nevada and Arizona to California
Found in creosote bush scrub from sea level to elevations of 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[
The plant is used to induce the flow of urine[
A poultice of the mashed roots has been used to treat burns[
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.