Here are some of our favorites - especially for those getting started with growing native plants. These will be updated occasionally.
Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow) - If you are looking for a tree, this is the one. Beautiful with a long bloom of pink flowers from May to September. Needs no irrigation after establishment. Has quickly become an all-star.
Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage) - one of the best and easiest to grow natives. Lives up to its name, as it attracts hummingbirds like crazy.
Salvia clevelandii alpine (Alpine Cleveland Sage) - A slightly more compact sage with long flowering season and - like other sages - a nice aroma, expecially after a rain.
Ceanothus concha (Mountain Lilac) - Nothing is as spectacular as this larger shrub during bloom. Covered in bright violet blossoms. Very drought tolerant.
Penstemon heterophyllus (Foothill Penstemon) - Compact penstemon covered in blue/violet flowers for about 2 months. Drought tolerant but can also stand some irrigation during summer.
Enjoy and thank you!
Calscape. The California Native Plant Society site that has a lot of information about native plants. You can search by region to see what naturally grows in the area. A little bulky, but worth the work.
LA Times pictures and descriptions of drought tolerant plants - many natives.
Another article in the LA Times. Some helpful plant recommendations from the book "The Colorful Dry Garden," by Maureen Gilmer.
California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Lots of resources and recommendations.
CNPS Northern San Joaquin Valley website. Look here for local chapter information and plant sales. Lots of additional information throughout the CNPS website
"The California Native Plant Wiki is an information resource created by the Theodore Payne Foundation to help you garden with California native plants."
Apparently some species were used as a treatment for flu symptons.
Looking for additional species or to have them shippped to you. One of the best resources available is Las Palitas Nursery.
An interesting resource and visit is the UC Davis Arboretum. Here is a link to the plant search.
An interesting article about Native Plant Gardens Link
Spring Plant Sale
April 6, 9am to 2pm
(Dependent on weather - check here if cancelled)
Can't make it? Call for an appointment
More than 10 new species.
Plant inventory list updated
Selection of plants at $5
Please feel free to call or email to set up an appointment to buy plants