Pink Sand Verbena

(Abronia umbellata)
Pink Sand Verbena
Pink Sand Verbena on the beach at Crissy Field.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: Abronia is Greek for "graceful."

Presidio Locations: Found in foredune areas along Crissy Field.

Range In State: California coast.

Description: The native annual species has fragrant rose-purple flowers with reddish stems. Leaves are fleshy and oval shaped. Pink Sand Verbena blossoms were first collected by European naturalists in 1786 in Monterey and was the first California native plant to be described scientifically. Blooms from April to August.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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