Abronia umbellata. - A beautiful and newly introduced annual, with long trailing stems, bearing clusters of elegant flowers in dense umbels; color, delicate lilac, with white centre, highly and deliciously fragrant.
The seeds are enclosed in a husky covering, and look very unpromising, but they vegetate freely. They may be sown as early as the ground is ready to receive seed of any kind in the spring. It appears to be quite hardy, and easily cultivated, and has the advantage of sowing itself, as there will be found an abundance of young plants on the ground in the spring, where the plants of the last year were grown. The foliage is light green, of a long oval shape; the stem rather succulent or fleshy, lying prostrate on the ground, two or three feet in length. It is very pretty when trained to neat sticks, or when left to its natural mode of growth. Being ever in bloom, enduring light frosts, beautiful and sweet, it will, we think, become a great favorite. This plant does not agree with the one described by Loudon as Abronia umbellata, introduced from California in 1823.