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Abronia latifolia - Esch.

Common Name Sand Verbena, Coastal sand verbena
Family Nyctaginaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coastal sand dunes and sea beaches[60]. Sandy soils, coastal scrub, lees of dunes adjacent to strand from sea level to 50 metres[270].
Range South-western N. America - California to Vancouver Island..
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Abronia latifolia Sand Verbena, Coastal sand verbena


Abronia latifolia Sand Verbena, Coastal sand verbena

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Abronia latifolia is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in flower from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

A. arenaria.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. By. South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Root - large and sweet[46, 61, 118]. An emergency food, used when all else fails[177]. Long and stout[183], it can be more than 60cm in length[2]. The root was usually harvested in the autumn[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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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]. Seed is rarely ripened on plants growing in Britain[1].

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Plant 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].

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NORTHERN AMERICA: United States (Oregon (coastal), Washington (coastal), California (coastal)), Mexico (Baja (coastal))

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Abronia fragransSnowball Sand VerbenaPerennial0.6 7-10  LMNDM21 
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Abronia villosaDesert Sand VerbenaAnnual0.1 7-10  LNDM01 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

Esch.

Botanical References

60200

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