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California Natives: Meet the Real Stars of the State

California Natives: Meet the Real Stars of the State

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Bring Abundance To Your Yard With California Natives

Are you looking for low-maintenance plants that not only look beautiful but also support native pollinators? If so... look no further than these native stars of the golden state. Native plants have evolved to coexist in our local geography and climate, making them super adaptable to our unpredictable water cycles and heat. Check out a few of our superstar natives below to incorporate with other waterwise plants for a garden of abundance.
California Fuchsia
  • Perennial herb with spreading habitat
  • Saturated scarlet red blooms summer through fall
  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Deer resistant and very drought tolerant once established
  • 1.5’ tall x 2-3’ wide
  • Full sun
California Fuchsia
California Poppy
  • Perennial herb that will reseed itself year after year
  • Bright orange flower that open and close with the sun
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Deer resistant, waterwise once established
  • 2’ tall x 1’-2’ wide
  • Full sun
California Poppy
Bush Anemone 'Elizabeth'
  • Evergreen shrub decorated with spear-shaped, dark green leaves all year long.
  • Pure white blooms with bright yellow stamens produced in summer
  • Attracts butterflies and bees
  • Deer resistant, low to moderate water use
  • 4’-6’ tall x 3’-4’ wide
  • Morning sun to afternoon shade
Bush Anemone 'Elizabeth'
California Wild Lilac
  • Evergreen with glossy green leaves, comes in shrub form or can be trained into a hedge
  • During spring the plant produces a cluster of cobalt-blue flowers
  • Deer resistant, attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees
  • 6’-9’ tall x 8’-10’ wide
  • Full sun
  • We carry a variety of nursery hybrids
CA Wild Lilac 'Dark Star'
California Red Buckwheat
  • Perennial herb that grows in a open clumping habit
  • Has fragrant clusters of pink pom-pom like flowers that bloom summer through fall
  • Attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies
  • Deer resistant, waterwise once established
  • 1’-3’ tall x 4’ wide
  • Full sun
California Red Buckwheat
Matilija Poppy in full bloom
Matilija Poppy / Fried Egg Poppy
  • Shrubby perennial with an upright growth habit
  • Huge, white flowers with yellow centers, resembling a sunny side up egg, blooming late spring to summer
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Deer resistant and requires very low water needs once established
  • 6’-8’ tall x 6’-8’ wide
  • Full sun
Matilija Poppy
California White Sage
  • Native evergreen shrub with a mounding growth habitat
  • Aromatic foliage that is often used as smudging sage when burned
  • White flowers with faint purple hue bloom in the spring
  • Use in a container or as a landscape plant
  • Deer resistant, waterwise once established
  • 3’-5’ tall x 3’-5’ wide
  • Full sun
California White Sage
Manzanita 'Howard McMinn'
  • Evergreen shrub with a dense mounding habit
  • Small glossy, dark green foliage that stands out against attractive smooth red bark
  • Fragrant urn-shaped pinkish flowers bloom in the spring, which attracts a variety of pollinators
  • Deer resistant, and is a firewise plant
  • 5’-8’ tall x 7’ wide
  • Full sun to light shade
Manzanita 'Howard McMinn'
Western Redbud with Pink Flowers
Western Redbud
  • Small deciduous tree that can be grown upright or into a shrub
  • Bright green heart-shaped leaves that mature into a blue-green hue
  • Spring brings beautiful magenta flower clusters
  • Attracts birds, waterwise once established
  • 10’-18’ tall x 10’-18’ wide
  • Full sun to light afternoon shade
Western Redbud
Valley Oak
  • The largest of oaks in North America
  • Large contorted branches support green lobed leaves with light undersides, which fall during winter
  • Acorns are produced and drop in Fall time
  • Attracts a variety of birds and pollinators like moths
  • 70’ tall x 70’ wide
  • Full Sun
Valley Oak

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