Above the surf-line at Asilomar, where the beach plants grow,
one of the special treats is the SAND VERBENA!
The sand verbena is a creeper on sandy beaches and dunes that dies back in winter and extends itself in voluptuous abundance in the summer. The flowers grow in heads like small umbrellas. Latifolia, the yellow verbena, has a more succulent leaf than the pink beach verbena, umbellata. The leaves are shaped like tiny lily pads.
Patricia J. Machmiller
poking through the boardwalk
D. Claire Gallagher
Claire Gallagher was a long-time member and support of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society. Her loss was deeply sad for the members.
San Francisco Bay Area Nature Guide and Saijiki, Anne M. Homan, Patrick Gallagher and Patricia J. Machmiller, Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, 2010, page 50.