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Abronia maritima

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Botanical Name: Abronia maritima
Common Name: Red sand verbena

This is a rare plant native to coastal dunes and beaches. Its succulent leaves form a trailing mat. Requires excellent drainage, tolerates salt spray, but does not tolerate frequent summer water or extreme drought. It does best on coast with salt spray.

Plant Family: Nyctaginaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 6 inches x spreading
Growth Habit: Prostrate, horizontal mats
Deciduous/Evergreen: Stress deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: February - November
Flower Color: Deep wine red
Endangered?: List 4/RED 1-2-2
Distribution: South Central Coast, South Coast, Baja, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Coastal dunes below 300'

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