At the hottest time of the year, this plant presented itself! I discovered just off the boardwalk in the sand dunes at the 6th Street entrance to the beach.
Its a trailing species, meaning it creeps along the ground, mixing and mingling with grasses and other plants I’ve not identified.
Aside from its soft-but-striking yellow clusters of flowers, which are in botany terminology called umbel, it has some pretty cool foliage. Thick, sticky stalks put off spade-shaped leaves aka orbicular grow in an opposite pattern. Multiple leaves can emerge from one stipual.
The plant is so sticky that it collects sand.
By the time I Met the Yellow Sand Verbena, it had already developed seed pods. They are some seriously heavy-duty pods. Even after drying for a few weeks, I can’t open them up and they will not flatten in the plant press.