Five pink tubular calyx lobes flared at ends and cleft. San Onofre State Beach, San Diego Co., CA. 6-2-07. © Joan Avise.

Pink Sand Verbena
(Beach Sand Verbena)

Abronia umbellata

A prostrate perennial with succulent leaves (but thinner than in A. maritima), found as a carpet-like ground cover on beaches and sand dunes from British Columbia, Canada to Baja California, Mexico.  It has no petals but instead 5 showy pink tubular calyx lobes which are flared at the ends and deeply cleft.  There are three stamens and one pistil within the flower tube. 

Comparison between Abronia umbellata and Ambronia maritima

Nyctaginaceae

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Branches up to 3 ft. in length. Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA. 5-13-06. © Joan Avise.

Hairy leaves often margined with rounded teeth. Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA. 3-21-09. © Joan Avise.

Three stamens inside calyx tube; no petals. Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA. 3-21-09. © Joan Avise.

Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA. 3-21-09. © Joan Avise.

Occasionally white forms can be found. Bolsa Chica Wetlands, Huntington Beach, CA. 4-06-08. © Joan Avise.