Mojave sand verbena
The Mojave Desert of California and south Nevada, extending towards the south California coast
Sunny, sandy locations in deserts and adjacent areas, often associated with Joshua trees; up to 5.000 feet
Light green, ovate, 2.5 inches long
The long-lasting, spherical inflorescence of abronia pogonantha consists of between 12 and 24 small flowers, each with a narrow, lightly hairy, rose pink tube (up to an inch in length) and five lobes, irregularly divided. The lobes are usually pure white but may also be pink or light purple. Five thin, leaf-like bracts encircle the base of the cluster. The plant grows upwards, branching a few times, producing oval leaves at widely spaced intervals along the green or purplish stems. It is found in higher elevations of the Mojave Desert, extending northwest to the San Joaquin Valley.