Desert Sand Verbena
Herb: Desert Sand Verbena
Latin name: Abronia villosa
Family: Nyctaginaceae (Four-o'clock Family)
Medicinal use of Desert Sand Verbena:The plant is used to induce the flow of urine. A poultice of the mashed roots has been used to treat burns.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Found in creosote bush scrub from sea level to elevations of 2500 metres in California.
Propagation of Desert Sand Verbena:Seed - sow autumn or early spring very shallowly in pots of sandy soil in a greenhouse. Germination can be very slow unless you peel off the outer skin and pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 15°C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Found in creosote bush scrub from sea level to elevations of 2500 metres in California.
Known hazards of Abronia villosa:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.