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Abronia umbellata
pink sand verbena

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest along the outer coast in Washington; British Columbia to Baja California.

Habitat: Coastal sandy beaches and adjacent dunes.

Flowers: May-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Endangered in Washington (WANHP)

Pollination: Bumblebees, flies, moths


Herbaceous, glandular-puberulent perennial from a taproot, the prostrate stems up to 1 m. long.


Leaves opposite, the blades elliptic to oblong-ovate, 2-6 cm. long and about half as wide, narrowed obliquely to slender petioles about as long.


Flowers perfect, in heads on long peduncles, subtended by 5 narrowly lanceolate involucral bracts 5-6 mm. long; perianth glandular-pubescent, with a narrow greenish to pink tube 6-8 mm. long and 5 flaring, reddish-purple lobes 5 mm. broad; corolla none; stamens 4-5, included; style 1, included.


Achene 10-12 mm. long, prominently 3-4 winged, the wings often broader than and projected above the hairy body.

Accepted Name:
Abronia umbellata Lam.
Publication: Tabl. Encycl. 1: 469, plate 105. 1791.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Abronia umbellata checklist entry

OregonFlora: Abronia umbellata information

E-Flora BC: Abronia umbellata atlas page

CalPhotos: Abronia umbellata photos

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