Pink Sandverbena

Abronia umbellata
The pink sandverbena has a round cluster of pink, tubular flowers/USFWS Photo

Once thought to be extirpated from Washington State, the pink sandverbena was found in the Leadbetter Point unit of the refuge in 2006. It is believed that the seeds had lain dormant in the sand and germinated after the refuge’s dune restoration efforts removed invasive beach grass from the area. The pink sandverbena is a low-growing plant with fleshy leaves and rounded heads of pink, tubular flowers. Its more common cousin, the yellow sandverbena, has a similar appearance but with yellow flowers and can be found growing along sandy coastlines throughout the region.

The refuge has an active program to help pink sandverbena thrive, including seed collection, off-site cultivation, planting, invasive plant removal and monitoring. Learn more about how the refuge is fostering the return of native dune habitat…

Facts About Pink Sandverbena

Only known population in Washington State occurs on the refuge

This species is listed as a Federal species of concern and a Washington State endangered species

Has sticky hairs on stalks, leave and flower bases