Guide to Growing Sand verbana, Wild lantana

How to Grow Abronia Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Sand Verbana and Wild Lantana

Common names for Annual and Half-hardy perennial Arbronia include Sand verbana and Wild lantana.

It is best to grow Abronia plants on the Pacific coast, as they require a long, cool growing season.

Sand verbana typically flowers in the months of June and July.

Description of Abronia

Sand verbana typically grows to a height of 25 cm, and has tubular flowers that can be yellow, white or red, and are very fragrant.

Abronia is ideal for use in rockeries.

Abronia latifolia
Abronia latifolia photograph by Franco Folini, cc.

Sand Verbena
Abronia (Sand Verbena) picture by David~O.

Abronia Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Coastal Sand verbena, Desert Sand Verbana, Wild Lantana.
Life Cycle: Hardy annual. Hardy perennial. Herb. Succulent.
Family: The Abronia genus belongs to the Nyctaginaceae family. They are therefore closely related to the Mirabilis plant genus.
Height: Matt growing. 3 to 18 inches (7 to 45 cm).
Native: North America (West Coast)
Growing Region: Annuals: zones 2 to 10. Perennials: zones 3 to 9. Hardy in the UK to zone 8.
Flowers: Late Winter through to Mid-summer.
Flower Details: Fragrant. No Petals (clefted calyx lobes have petal-like appearance). Umbels, Trumpets. Pink, Purple.
Foliage: Sticky, Succulent. Slender. Hairy stems
Fruit: Anthocarp (False Fruit / Accessory Fruit).
Root: the roots of some species (especially Abronia fragrans / Abronia latifolia) are sometimes eaten as a sweet root vegetable.
Sow Outside in native areas:
Annuals: Early Spring or in Late summer / Autumn. First remove seeds from fruit for best results. About 20 days to germinate.
Sow Inside: early spring or autumn in pots. Sandy Soil. peel fruit and soak seed for a full day. Germinates at 60°F (15°C); one to two months. Over winter in a greenhouse (with good ventilation) in individual pots.
Requirements: Many species are coastal so thrive in sandy and dry soils. Grows well in Hot Areas. Full sunlight. Good Drainage. Low Water Requirements.
Closely Related Species:
Miscellaneous: Plants have large pollen grains. Attracts Bees

How to Grow Abronia

Abronia plant seeds should be planted outside, spaced out at 30 to 40 cm at a depth of 3/4 cm, after the last frost. They require full sun and prefer soil that is light and sandy.

If you are planning to grow the seeds indoor then they should be sown in peat pots six to eight weeks before planting outside in the garden. It typically takes 20 days for germination to occur. They should be put out in the Autumn.

Caring for Sand Verbana and Similar Species

It is important not to disturb Abronia plants once they become established.