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California Native Plants

With its varied climates, California boasts a wide variety of native plants, many of themSticky Monkey FLower endemic to our state. As perennial romantics and lovers of nature, we are drawn to the plants we have come across while out hiking or exploring.These plants are adapted to life in California, but is important to remember that they make themselves at home in varied conditions. In other words, though many are, not all California natives are drought tolerant, and not all are deer resistant, a common misconception (for deer resistant plants, see the deer resistant plant listings). But capturing the beauty of our glorious state is too tempting to resist, as is honoring the biodiversity naturally found in California.

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big leaf mapleAcer macrophyllum
Big Leaf Maple

Scarlet MonadellaMonardella macrantha
Scarlet Monardella
common yarrowAchillea millefolium
Common Yarrow
Mountain PennyroyalMonardella odoratissima
Mountain Pennyroyal
red velvet yarrowAchillea millefolium 'Red Velvet'
Red Velvet Yarrow

Monardella villosa
Coyote Mint
sunny seduction yarrowAchillea millefolium 'Sunny Seduction"
Sunny Seduction Yarrow
Deer GrassMuhlenbergia rigens
Deer Grass
terra cotta yarrowAchillea millefolium 'Terra Cotta'
Terra Cotta Yarrow
Pacific Wax MyrtleMyrica californica
(Morella Californica)
Pacific Wax Myrtle
California BuckeyeAesculus californica
California Buckeye
tufted evening primroseOenothera caespitosa var. longiflora
Tufted Evening Primrose
Western Service BerryAmelanchier alnifolia
Western Service Berry
Hooker's Evening PrimroseOenothera elata
Hooker's Evening Primrose
indigo bushAmorpha fruticosa
Indigo Bush
firecracker penstemonPenstemon eatonii
Firecracker Penstemon
Howard McMinn ManzanitaArctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Howard McMinn Manzanita
Catherine de la Mare foothill penstemonPenstemon heterophyllus 'Catherine de la Mare'
Catherine de la Mare Foothill Penstemon
Enerald Carpet ManzanitaArctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet'
Emerald Carpet Manzanita
margarita bop penstemonPenstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'
Margarita BOP Foothill Penstemon
Pacific Mist ManzanitaArctostaphylos x 'Pacific Mist'
Pacific Mist Manzanita
Gay penstemonPenstemon laetus
Gay Penstemon
White blooming sea thriftArmeria maritima 'Alba'
White Blooming Sea Thrift
mountain pridePenstemon newberryi
Mountain Pride
David's Choice Sandhill SageArtemesia pycnocephala 'David's Choice'
David's Choice Sandhill Sage
saint helena mountain pridePenstemon newberryi 'St. Helena'
St. Helena Mountain Pride
Narrow leaf milkweedAsclepias fascicularis
Narrow Leaf Milkweed
mersea yellow pineleaf penstemonPenstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow'
Mersea Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon
Asclepias speciosa
Showy Milkweed
pincushion penstemonPenstemon procerus var. formosus
Pincushion Penstemon
Pigeon point coyote bushBaccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Point'
Pigeon Point Dwarf Coyote Bush
bridge penstemonPenstemon rostriflorus
Bridge Penstemon
Ithurial's SpearBrodiaea laxa 'Corrina'
Ithurial's Spear, Fool's Onion', Grass Nut
meadow penstemonPenstemon rydbergii
Meadow Penstemon
Incense CedarCalocedrus decurrens
Incense Cedar
Lewis' Mock OrangePhiladelphus lewisii
Lewis' Mock Orange
Western Spice bushCalycanthus occidentalis
Western Spice Bush
Littleleaf Mock OrangePhiladelphus microphyllus
Littleleaf Mockorange
Bush AnemoneCarpenteria californica
Bush Anemone
Turkey Tangle FrogfruitPhyla nodiflora
Turkey Tangle Frogfruit
Dark Star CeanothusCeanothus 'Dark Star'
Dark Star California Lilac
Western Sword FernPolystichum munitum
Western Sword Fern
Anchor Bay California LilacCeanothus gloriosus 'Anchor Bay'
Anchor Bay California Lilac
Quaking AspenPopulus tremuloides
Quaking Aspen
Joyce Coulter California LilacCeanothus 'Joyce Coulter'
Joyce Coulter California Lilac
self-healPrunella vulgaris spp. lanceolata
Button BushCephalanthus occidentalis
Douglas FirPseudotsuga menziesii
Douglas Fir
Western RedbudCercis occidentalis
Western Redbud
info coming soonQuercus chysolepis
Canyon Live Oak
Desert WillowChilopsis linearis
Desert Willow

info coming soonQuercus kelloggii
California Black Oak
PipestemsClematis lasiantha
Valley OakQuercus lobata
Valley Oak
Pacific DogwoodCornus nuttallii
Pacific Dogwood
Golden CurrantRibes aureum
Golden Currant
Red Twig DogwoodCornus sericea
Red Twig Dogwood


Dancing Tassels Chaparral CurrantRibes malvaceum 'Dancing Tassels'
Dancing Tassels Chaparral Currant
HorsetailEquisetum hymale
Sierra CurrantRibes nevadense
Sierra Currant
Seaside DaisyErigeron gluca 'Wayne Roderick'
Seaside Daisy
Pink Flowering CurrantRibes sanguineum glutinosum
Pink Flowering Currant
Fawn LilyErythronium tuolumnse x californicum 'Pagoda'
Fawn Lily, Trout Lily, Dog Tooth Violet

fuchsia flowered gooseberryRibes speciosum
Fuchsia-Flowered Gooseberry
Woodland StrawberryFragaria californica
Woodland Strawberry
InteriorWild RoseRosa woodsii
Interior Wild Rose
California Glory Flannel BushFremontodendron californicum 'California Glory'
California Glory Flannel Bush
ThimbleberryRubus parviflorus
Helen's FlowerHelenium autumnale 'Red & Gold'
Helen's Flower
white sageSalvia apiana
White Sage
our lords candleHesperoyucca whipplei
Our Lord's Candle
Bee's Bliss SageSalvia 'Bee's Bliss
Bee's Bliss Creeping Sage
ToyonHeteromeles arbutifolia
Cleveland SageSalvia clevelandii
Cleveland Sage
Alum RootHeuchera micrantha
Alum Root
Pozo Blue SageSalvia clevelandii 'Pozo Blue'
Pozo Blue Sage
California HibiscusHibiscus lasiocarpos
California Hibiscus
leatherrootHoita macrostachya
Leather Root
Hummingbird SageSalvia spathacea
Hummingbird Sage
cream bushHolodiscus discolor
Cream Bush
Blue ElderberrySambucus mexicana
Western Blue Elderberry
Owl's ClawsHymenoxys hoopesii
Owl's Claws
blue eyed grass Sisyrinchium bellum 'Rocky Point'
Rocky Point Blue Eyed Grass
Douglas IrisIris douglasiana
Douglas Iris
Spiraea (densiflora) splendens
Mountain Spirea
blue flag irisIris missouriensis
Western Blue Flag Iris
Sierra StonecropSedum obtusatum
Sierra Stonecrop

Canyon Snow Pacific Coast Iris Iris -Pacific Coast Hybrids-'Canyon Snow'
Canyon Snow Pacific Coast Iris
Cape Blanco StonecropSedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'
Cape Blanco Stonecrop
Pacific coast iris-darkIris -Pacific Coast Hybrids-'Nearly Black'
Nearly Black Pacific Coast Iris

Giant SequoiaSequoiadendron giganteum
Giant Sequoia
soft rushJuncus effusus
Soft Rush
canada goldenrodSolidago canadensis
Canada Goldenrod
heart leaf penstemonKeckiella cordifolia
Heart Leaf Penstemon
Mountain SpireaSpiraea splendens (densiflora)
Mountain Spirea
sunset strain cliffmaidsLewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Strain'
Sunset Strain Cliffmaids

Ithurial's SpearTriteleia laxa 'Corrina'
Ithurial's Spear, Fool's Onion', Grass Nut
leopard lilyLilium pardalinum
Leopard Lily
Evergreen HuckleberryVaccinium ovatum
Evergreen Huckleberry
blue flaxLinum perenne lewisii
Blue Flax
california grapeVitis californica
California Grape, red form
Mountain TwinberryLonicera conjugialis
Mountain Twinberry
California FuchsiaZauschneria californica
California fuchsia
Chaparral HoneysuckleLonicera interrupta
Chaparral Honeysuckle
California FuchsiaZauschneria californica 'Catalina'
Catalina California Fuchsia
Mimulus aurantiacus
aka:Diplacus aurantiacus
Sticky Monkey Flower
Solidarity Pink California FuchsiaZauschneria californica 'Solidarity Pink'
Solidarity Pink California Fuchsia
Scarlet MonkeyflowerMimulus cardinalis
Scarlet Monkey Flower
California FuchsiaZauschneria latifolia
aka: Epilobium latifolium
California Fuchsia