Desert Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Desert Sand Verbena
Abronia villosa
Nyctaginaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is used to induce the flow of urine[257].

    A poultice of the mashed roots has been used to treat burns[257].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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].
South-western N. America – Nevada and Arizona to California.

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