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Abronia mellifera
honey-scented sandverbena, white sand verbena

Distribution: Distributed east of the Cascades in Washington in the Columbia Basin and along the Snake River; north-central Oregon, southeastern Oregon and adjacent Idaho, southeastern Idaho and adjacent Wyoming.

Habitat: Dunes and sandy soil at low elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, flies, moths


Herbaceous perennial from a woody taproot, somewhat glandular, finely puberulent to glabrous, with numerous decumbent but erect-tipped branches 2-7 dm. long.


Leaves opposite, pale greenish, rather fleshy, the blade lanceolate to deltoid, 2-5 cm. long, abruptly narrowed to a petiole slightly shorter to 3 times as long.


Flowers perfect, in heads on peduncles that exceed the leaves, subtended by 5 narrowly oblong to oblong-oblanceolate, membranous, whitish involucral bracts 1.5-4 mm. wide and 7-10 mm. long; perianth densely puberulent to glabrous, white, with a narrow tube 12-20 mm. long and 5 flaring, white lobes 7-10 mm. broad; corolla none; stamens 4-5, included; style 1, included.


Achene 8-11 mm. long, puberulent, wingless or with 5 thin, firm wings, the 2 sides closely appressed to each other, broader than the body of the fruit, narrowed to the base.

Accepted Name:
Abronia mellifera Douglas ex Hook.
Publication: Bot. Mag. 56: plate 2879. 1829. 1829.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Abronia mellifera in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Abronia mellifera checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Abronia mellifera information.

E-Flora BC: Abronia mellifera atlas page.

CalPhotos: Abronia mellifera photos.

USDA Plants: Abronia mellifera information.

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