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Abronia fragrans - Nutt.                
                 
Common Name Snowball Sand Verbena
Family Nyctaginaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry sandy soils, scrub and grasslands at elevations of 400 - 2000 metres[60, 235, 270].
Range South-western N. America - South Dakota to Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and Mexico
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Abronia fragrans is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from Jun to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms
A. speciosa.
Abronia fragrans Snowball Sand Verbena


Abronia fragrans Snowball Sand Verbena
   
Habitats       
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

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].
Medicinal Uses


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Cathartic;  Diaphoretic;  Emetic.

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].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
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].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
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].
Related Plants                                         
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Abronia latifoliaSand Verbena, Coastal sand verbena20
Abronia turbinataTransmontane Sand Verbena01
Abronia villosaDesert Sand Verbena01
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