Snowball Sand Verbena (Abronia fragrans)

Perennial
A. speciosa.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Snowball Sand Verbena
Abronia fragrans
Nyctaginaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is cathartic, diaphoretic and emetic[257]. The roots and flowers were used by the North American Indians to treat stomach cramps and as a general panacea or ‘life’ medicine[257]. A cold infusion was used as a lotion for sores or sore mouths and also to bathe perspiring feet[257].

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[46]. Dried then ground into a powder and mixed with corn[61, 105, 161]. Use of the root was said by some North American Indian tribes to give one a good appetite and make them fat[257].

  • 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 grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Seedlings are prone to damp off and so should be kept well-ventilated[200]. Plant out in late spring, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings in spring, rooted in sand[200].
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]. The flowers are produced in terminal clusters, they only open in the coolness of the evening, diffusing a vanilla-like perfume[245]. Seed is rarely ripened on plants growing in Britain[1].
South-western N. America – South Dakota to Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and Mexico

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