California Native Plants have arrived to Sarvodaya Farms

Why plant California Native Plants?

From promoting water-wise landscaping practices and supporting local ecosystems to fostering resilience in the face of a changing climate, CA native plants are not just beautiful additions to your surroundings—they are essential contributors to a sustainable and vibrant ecosystem. By planting CA Natives, you'll be diving into the rich cultural history of California and gain insights into how planting native species can be an empowering and purposeful act, aligning your garden with the ecology of California. 

What should I know when ordering?

California Natives are best established during fall and winter, when they can have plenty of cool weather and rain to help them establish their roots. Planting outside of this window is also possible, you'll just need to provide supplemental watering or irrigation to help the plants establish.

Once established, many CA Native plants will require no additional watering to survive our summer dry season. However, some plants may go dormant during the dry season and APPEAR dead.  If you would like to prevent dormancy, provide supplemental irrigation.

When creating a CA Native garden, choose a variety of plants to create the most habitat for our indigenous bees, butterflies, and fauna.  You'll be pleasantly surprised by the diversity these plants will bring to your garden.

Our CA Native Selection for 2024

Narrowleaf Milkweed, 'Asclepias fascicularis'
Narrowleaf Milkweed, 'Asclepias fascicularis'
Narrowleaf Milkweed, 'Asclepias fascicularis'
Narrowleaf Milkweed, 'Asclepias fascicularis'

Narrowleaf Milkweed, 'Asclepias fascicularis'

$8.00

California's narrow-leaved Milkweed has narrow leaves and a wider native range and a whole lot more garden tolerance than most of the other native species. Asclepias fascicularis is a perennial with three foot tall stem and large (but narrow) five inch leaves, and a five inch or so flower cluster. In our area, this plant is covered with monarch caterpillars during the summer. The Orioles use the dead stems for nests the next spring. (The matter looks like fiberglass.) Milkweeds need sun (less flowers in the shade) and can be quite drought tolerant, plant; mulch heavily,or better yet, plant next to boulder, water well first month and ignore. Asclepias fascicularis can tolerate some pretty awful coastal clays that are sour bogs in winter and salty toast in summer. Native from Southeast Washington and adjacent Idaho through California, Oregon, into Baja California and west into Nevada. 

The alkaloids associated with this milkweed and other milkweeds give the monarch and other butterflies that feed on it protection from predators. Alkaloids from the wrong milkweed (South American, Mexican, etc.) can expose the butterflies to predation. If the monarch or other butterfly has not evolved with the milkweed they may have limited tolerance for the particular alkaloid or latex of the plant species. The California flyway runs from Baja to Canada, it does not include Mexico proper nor Central America.

Asclepias fascicularis tolerates clay and seasonal flooding.
Asclepias fascicularis is great for a bird garden and a butterfly garden.
Asclepias fascicularis's foliage color is green and type is deciduous.
Asclepias fascicularis's flower color is white.

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Common Yarrow, 'Achillea millefolium'
Common Yarrow, 'Achillea millefolium'

Common Yarrow, 'Achillea millefolium'

$12.00

As part of the Asteraceae family, this beautiful wildflower adds texture and long-lasting blooms to any garden. With regular deadheading, yarrow will bloom from spring into late summer and will attract butterflies to your yard. Yarrow is also quite drought resistant and does require good drainage or else it will get floppy. 

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White Sage, 'Salvia Apiana'
White Sage, 'Salvia Apiana'

White Sage, 'Salvia Apiana'

$8.00
White sage, bee sage, or sacred sage, (Salvia apiana) is one of the cornerstone species of the coastal sage scrub habitat of Southern California and Baja California. It grows rapidly to 3 or 4 feet tall, with white flower spikes shooting up sometimes 8 feet or more. The leaves (about 1.5-3 inches long) are covered with dense hairs, which give them a white coloring, sometimes with a blueish tint. Younger leaves tend to be greener, and turn whiter as they get older. Each flower spikes bears ~100 white flowers with tiny lavender spots and streaks. From a few feet away, the white flowers sometimes appear to have a purplish tint. White sage is strongly aromatic, with a powerful and slightly acrid sage smell. Native people use the dried leaves as an incense for ceremonial purposes. (Calscape.org)
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Holly Leaf Cherry, 'Prunus ilicifolia'
Holly Leaf Cherry, 'Prunus ilicifolia'
Holly Leaf Cherry, 'Prunus ilicifolia'
Holly Leaf Cherry, 'Prunus ilicifolia'
Holly Leaf Cherry, 'Prunus ilicifolia'
Holly Leaf Cherry, 'Prunus ilicifolia'

Holly Leaf Cherry, 'Prunus ilicifolia'

$12.00

Hollyleaf Cherry,  is an evergreen shrub to tree a species in the Rosaceae (Rose) family, average 14 ft. high. Beautiful clusters of white flowers cover this shrub/tree around  March/April , and in the fall its covered with red cherries. The leaves are holly-like, hence the name Holly-Leafed Cherry. Native to the California coast ranges from Mexico north to above San Francisco Bay.

Hollyleaf likes full sun, has low water requirements after established, and needs good drainage. The cherries are edible with very little flesh, its mostly seed but a very unique fruit, its a good tree to plant for birds too they love the fruit.  Excellent foundation plant and/or privacy hedge.

Cold Tolerance: Tolerates cold to 15° F when mature. When young, this species doesn't survive at 20 degrees F., but after the first year will survive 0 degrees F. or lower.
Soil Drainage: Fast, Medium
Soil Description: Tolerant of a variety of soils but will grow largest and fastest in coarse, fast draining, relatively fertile garden soil.
Pollinator and Bee Friendly: Western Dragon Swallowtail, Pale Tiger Swallowtail, countless birds, bees and small mammals.
Common uses: Bank Stabilization, Hedges, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens
For more Cultural info:  
https://calscape.org/Prunus-ilicifolia-()
http://www.ethnoherbalist.com/southern-california-native-plants-medicinal/holly-leaf-cherry/
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Bee Plant, 'Scrophularia californica'
Bee Plant, 'Scrophularia californica'

Bee Plant, 'Scrophularia californica'

$12.00

Bee Plant sis mall, but they sure are mighty! The California Figwort is an evergreen perennial known to cheer up any outdoor landscape with its unique leaves and tiny purplish-brown flowers. So invite these buzzing buddies to your home-sweet-home and let the party commence!

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Penstemon, 'Margarita BOP'
Penstemon, 'Margarita BOP'

Penstemon, 'Margarita BOP'

$12.00

Penstemon 'Margarita BOP' is a stunning horticultural selection with profuse blue blooms that fade to a rose-purple. At 2 ft high and 2 ft wide, it is an ideal addition to any garden for its captivating colors and wide range of garden conditions it can survive in. It flowers from spring to summer, making it an exceptional choice for a border, bank, or rock garden.

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Howard McMinn Manzanita, Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Howard McMinn Manzanita, Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Howard McMinn Manzanita, Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Howard McMinn Manzanita, Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'

Howard McMinn Manzanita, Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'

$12.00

Howard McMinn Manzanita is an outstanding selection of Arctostaphylos densiflora from the north coast mountains. It offers exceptional tolerance to a variety of conditions including clay soils, summer watering, pruning and shearing. It is a medium-sized shrub with fine-textured, bright-green foliage and red bark. In late spring, it produces beautiful pink flowers and can reach up to 8 feet and spread 10 feet in maturity. An ideal choice for any garden, it will also extend manzanita bloom time if planted alongside other varieties.

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Blue Elderberry, 'Sambucus Mexicana'
Blue Elderberry, 'Sambucus Mexicana'

Blue Elderberry, 'Sambucus Mexicana'

$12.00

A native to the California area, blue elderberry is a small tree that can also be grown as a shrub. While it can take on a messy, shrubby look, this plant responds readily to pruning. In the spring, the elderberry produces clusters of small white flowers, followed by small berries that are ready to pick when they turn dark blue. Often, the berries are used to make cordials and liqueurs as well as jellies, pie fillings, and sauces. 

Please note that if berries are ingested before they are ripe, people may experience an upset stomach. Also, if used medicinally, please use caution and consult with professional medical or healing persons. 

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Black Sage, 'Salvia Mellifera'
Black Sage, 'Salvia Mellifera'
Black Sage, 'Salvia Mellifera'
Black Sage, 'Salvia Mellifera'

Black Sage, 'Salvia Mellifera'

$12.00

Black Sage, 'Salvia Mellifera', is an attractive and versatile shrub with benefits for wildlife. Growing up to 6' tall and 10' wide, it features small, pale blue-lavender flowers and dark green leaves. Thriving in full sun and well-draining soil, it requires no supplemental water once established making it a low-maintenance plant. An important food source for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, its seeds also provide food for birds like quail and towhees.

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Mugwort, 'Artemisia douglasiana'
Mugwort, 'Artemisia douglasiana'
Mugwort, 'Artemisia douglasiana'
Mugwort, 'Artemisia douglasiana'

Mugwort, 'Artemisia douglasiana'

$12.00

California mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) is a perennial herb whose leaves and flowers are highly aromatic when bruised or crushed. Although is is related to the sagebrush, mugwort has large broad leaves with sharp lobes which are green on top and whitish below. This herb has been used by the Chumash, Luiseño, and Kumeyaay people for a variety of uses ranging from dream stimulants, decongestant, and weapons. 

 

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Coulter's Matilija Poppy, 'Romneya Coulteri'
Coulter's Matilija Poppy, 'Romneya Coulteri'
Coulter's Matilija Poppy, 'Romneya Coulteri'
Coulter's Matilija Poppy, 'Romneya Coulteri'

Coulter's Matilija Poppy, 'Romneya Coulteri'

$27.50

Coulter's Matilija Poppy, 'Romneya Coulteri' is a vigorous native shrub native to Southern California and Baja California. Growing up to 7 feet in height, the gray-green waxy-textured leaves are divided into lance-shaped lobes. It produces large, showy flowers with a cluster of yellow stamens in the center, followed by a bristly capsule containing tiny seeds. Perfect for dry chaparral environments, this drought-tolerant beauty is an excellent choice for any garden.

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Goldenrod, 'Solidago Velutina ssp. Californica'
Goldenrod, 'Solidago Velutina ssp. Californica'

Goldenrod, 'Solidago Velutina ssp. Californica'

$12.00

California Goldenrod is a native perennial herb that provides beautiful yellow flowers in a variety of environments from 0 to 7500 feet elevation. Enjoyed by birds and pollinating insects, this spreader is also garden tolerant and easy to care for when given enough room. Goldenrod, 'Solidago Velutina ssp. Californica' is an ideal addition to central oak woodlands or other open grassy places.

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California Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum Fasciculatum'
California Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum Fasciculatum'
California Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum Fasciculatum'
California Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum Fasciculatum'

California Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum Fasciculatum'

$12.00

California Buckwheat (Eriogonum Fasciculatum) is a native shrub found in the Southwest US and Northwest Mexico. Its leaves are leathery, woolly on the underside, and rolled under along the edges. It grows in patchy or spreading bushes up to 7 feet in height and 10 feet in width. Its beautiful pink and white flowers are about 1 inch in size and appear in dense clusters, making it an excellent source of nectar for bees.

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Self Heal, 'Prunella vulgaris'
Self Heal, 'Prunella vulgaris'

Self Heal, 'Prunella vulgaris'

$12.00

This creeping herbaceous perennial is native to the northern hemisphere, and loves full sun to shade, as well as a little extra organic compost for a real show of purple flowers from 6-22". It's a stunning floral focal point for your garden that will gladden your heart, plus its traditional usage provides astringent, analgesic, and antiviral benefits to boot! 'Heal thyself' with this beauty – just pick when in full bloom, and dry in the shade to make a soothing tea.

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Golden Currant, 'Ribes aureum'
Golden Currant, 'Ribes aureum'
Golden Currant, 'Ribes aureum'
Golden Currant, 'Ribes aureum'

Golden Currant, 'Ribes aureum'

$30.00
Golden Currant is a winter-hardy, drought-tolerant, multi-stemmed shrub with clusters of fragrant, edible yellow flowers in Spring, followed by juicy sweet-tart berries in Summer.

Flowers have a spicy-sweet fragrance like clove and vanilla and make a decorative addition to Spring salads. The berries are an excellent native food source by themselves and are also useful in recipes for their wonderful flavor sweetened into jams, jellies, pies, or even currant ice cream. Indigenous Californians value this plant as food.

Golden Currant has been widely cultivated for its ornamental landscape value. It’s trumpet-shaped golden-yellow flowers, unique spicy-sweet fragrance, and petite stature make it a wonderful backyard companion. Even the elliptical berries, dangling in rows from outstretched, arching limbs, are ornamental - ranging from yellow to orange to red to black at maturity.

What’s more, after the berries mature, the maple-like Autumn leaves put out a great show of color, turning slowly yellow to red before they drop. Pruning can keep this shrub to any size you please. A great border shrub, or as a centerpiece. Very low maintenance.
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Artemisia Californica, 'Canyon Gray'
Artemisia Californica, 'Canyon Gray'
Artemisia Californica, 'Canyon Gray'
Artemisia Californica, 'Canyon Gray'

Artemisia Californica, 'Canyon Gray'

$12.00

Artemisia Californica, 'Canyon Grey' is a fast-growing evergreen shrub native to California. It boasts elegant, light gray-green foliage with finely-divided leaves, forming a beautiful, low-maintenance ground cover up to 10 feet wide. It requires low water needs with full sun exposure and is tolerant to temperatures as low as 20-25°F. .

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Ceanothus, 'Concha'
Ceanothus, 'Concha'
Ceanothus, 'Concha'
Ceanothus, 'Concha'

Ceanothus, 'Concha'

$12.00

Concha Ceanothus is one of the oldest and most beautiful Ceanothus cultivars, likely a hybrid of two native central coast varieties. Perfect for areas with similar climates, it is an excellent choice for adding color and texture to gardens. 

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Blue Eyed Grass, 'Sisyrinchum bellum'
Blue Eyed Grass, 'Sisyrinchum bellum'

Blue Eyed Grass, 'Sisyrinchum bellum'

$12.00
Blue Eyed Grass is a 1ft tall herb that can be found growing in California in open places where there is moisture, particularly in grassy meadow areas. The leaves are tufted and grassy, while the flowers are small and purplish-blue. This plant blooms from January to July, and after flowering dies back and is dormant over the summer. This plant prefers some moisture and good drainage. This grass is on several fire-resistant plant lists.
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Chaparral Mallow, 'Malacothamnus Fasciculatus'
Chaparral Mallow, 'Malacothamnus Fasciculatus'
Chaparral Mallow, 'Malacothamnus Fasciculatus'
Chaparral Mallow, 'Malacothamnus Fasciculatus'

Chaparral Mallow, 'Malacothamnus Fasciculatus'

$12.00

Chaparral Mallow is an attractive, evergreen shrub that produces thousands of pale pink flowers growing along its branches. Its white-haired stems give the plant an elegant look and it is a favorite of butterflies, hummingbirds, and small birds. Its fast growth rate can reach up to 16 feet tall and 10 feet wide, suitable for large spaces or pruned for small gardens. Perfect for bank stabilization and erosion control.

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Jade Carpet Black Sage, 'Salvia mellifera' '
Jade Carpet Black Sage, 'Salvia mellifera' '

Jade Carpet Black Sage, 'Salvia mellifera' '

$12.00

Salvia, 'Jade Carpet' is the perfect plant for gardeners looking for great drainage and a sun-filled spot. It'll thrive in sandy soils and prefers the coastal life, but can be happy in part shade too! With a careful selection process, this salvia is a must for your garden!

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Red-Flowered Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum grande var. rubescens'
Red-Flowered Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum grande var. rubescens'
Red-Flowered Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum grande var. rubescens'
Red-Flowered Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum grande var. rubescens'

Red-Flowered Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum grande var. rubescens'

$15.00

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens, or Red-Flowered Buckwheat, is a beloved California native. This petite, low-growing plant features striking rosy-colored flower clusters that attract a variety of pollinators. It thrives in full sun and requires very little supplemental water, making it a great choice for rock and pollinator gardens, borders, and slopes. With its compact size, it's even suitable for small spaces. Enjoy the show of blooms from spring to fall and provide birds with a feast of seeds throughout the year!

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Toyon, 'Heteromeles Arbutifolia'
Toyon, 'Heteromeles Arbutifolia'
Toyon, 'Heteromeles Arbutifolia'
Toyon, 'Heteromeles Arbutifolia'
Toyon, 'Heteromeles Arbutifolia'
Toyon, 'Heteromeles Arbutifolia'

Toyon, 'Heteromeles Arbutifolia'

$12.00
Toyon is an attractive, drought-tolerant shrub native to California and the Sierra foothills. It is popular in landscapes for its showy red berries and is part of several habitats including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and mixed oak woodlands. Toyon is also celebrated for its role in the city of Hollywood, California.
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Mountain Mahogany, 'Cercocarpus Betuloides'
Mountain Mahogany, 'Cercocarpus Betuloides'
Mountain Mahogany, 'Cercocarpus Betuloides'
Mountain Mahogany, 'Cercocarpus Betuloides'

Mountain Mahogany, 'Cercocarpus Betuloides'

$12.00

Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides) is a drought-tolerant shrub native to the southwestern US & Baja California, best known for its birch-like leaves and small white, clustered flowers. Its distinctive leaves feature smooth edges at the base and a wavy or toothed texture up to the rounded tip. Highly resilient, it thrives in dry and chaparral climates.

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Ashyleaf Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum cinereum'
Ashyleaf Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum cinereum'
Ashyleaf Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum cinereum'
Ashyleaf Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum cinereum'

Ashyleaf Buckwheat, 'Eriogonum cinereum'

$12.00

This native California buckwheat shrub, Ashyleaf Buckwheat (Eriogonum cinereum), is a silvery gray plant that can grow up to 1 meter in height and width. The leaves are wavy-edged ovals and in summer, it produces clusters of tiny fragrant and hairy light brownish-pink flowers. It is highly attractive to the Bernardino dotted blue butterfly and is a popular choice for coastal gardens.

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Bladderpod, 'Peritoma Arborea'
Bladderpod, 'Peritoma Arborea'
Bladderpod, 'Peritoma Arborea'
Bladderpod, 'Peritoma Arborea'

Bladderpod, 'Peritoma Arborea'

$12.00

Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea) is an evergreen shrub native to California and Baja California. Growing up to 6ft tall, its leaves are composed of three oval leaflets, and it produces bright yellow flower clusters. Each flower has four petals, six curly stamens, and a protruding style that holds the developing fruit. Its dense branching and drought tolerance make it an excellent accent or low-water addition to lush landscapes.

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Epilobium Canum, ‘Marin Pink’
Epilobium Canum, ‘Marin Pink’

Epilobium Canum, ‘Marin Pink’

$12.00

'Epilobium Canum' is an easy-to-grow perennial with chia-like, hummingbird-attracting flowers. Found naturally by seasonal creeks and springs, this plant thrives in full sun and requires little to no supplemental water in its native wetter northern range. With only 1x/month watering recommended in dryer climates, it's the perfect low-maintenance addition to any garden. Produces pink flowers. 

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Lemonade Berry, 'Rhus integrifolia'
Lemonade Berry, 'Rhus integrifolia'
Lemonade Berry, 'Rhus integrifolia'
Lemonade Berry, 'Rhus integrifolia'

Lemonade Berry, 'Rhus integrifolia'

$12.00

Lemonade Berry, 'Rhus integrifolia', is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can reach heights up to 30 feet. Found in seaside canyons or inland on mountains, it has pink or brownish petioles and leathery leaves. Its small flowers appear from February to May, and its tart red to gray fruits give the plant its name. A popular species, it is used decoratively and for medicinal and culinary purposes.

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Verbena Lilacina, 'De La Mina'
Verbena Lilacina, 'De La Mina'

Verbena Lilacina, 'De La Mina'

$12.00

Verbena Lilacina, 'De La Mina' is a horticultural selection from Cedros Island with attractive, mounding green foliage and dark purple blossoms with lavender streaks. This plant is highly adaptable and will thrive with well-drained and even clay soils if not overwatered, making it a versatile option for flower borders, gardens, and patio containers. It produces lightly scented blossoms year-round, attracting butterflies all season long. Shear lightly to maintain a denser form and remove spent flowers to keep the garden blooming!

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Woolly Bluecurls, 'Trichostema Lanatum’
Woolly Bluecurls, 'Trichostema Lanatum’
Woolly Bluecurls, 'Trichostema Lanatum’
Woolly Bluecurls, 'Trichostema Lanatum’

Woolly Bluecurls, 'Trichostema Lanatum’

$12.00

Woolly Bluecurls is a highly fragrant, small evergreen shrub found in the southern half of the US. It features narrow, pointed green leaves and smooth-petaled blue flowers in dense clusters, giving it its unique name. Hummingbirds are attracted to its flowers, which are often covered in woolly hairs of blue, pink, or white. This plant is able to thrive in semi-riparian areas, near creek beds, and in bottom lands with more soil moisture.

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Blue Dicks, 'Dipterostemon Capitatus'
Blue Dicks, 'Dipterostemon Capitatus'
Blue Dicks, 'Dipterostemon Capitatus'
Blue Dicks, 'Dipterostemon Capitatus'

Blue Dicks, 'Dipterostemon Capitatus'

$12.00

Blue Dicks (Dipterostemon capitatus) is a perennial herb with 2-3 leaves 4-16" long, and showy flower clusters containing 2-15 blue, blue-purple, pink-purple, or white flowers. It's native to Arizona, California, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, in 3 subspecies. It's a stunning addition to any garden.

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Bush Monkey Flower, 'Diplacus Aurantiacus'
Bush Monkey Flower, 'Diplacus Aurantiacus'
Bush Monkey Flower, 'Diplacus Aurantiacus'
Bush Monkey Flower, 'Diplacus Aurantiacus'

Bush Monkey Flower, 'Diplacus Aurantiacus'

$12.00

The Bush Monkey Flower, 'Diplacus Aurantiacus', is a low-water perennial subshrub renowned for its orange and yellow blooms resembling a monkey's face. Its leaves produce a sticky resin to protect itself, and the flowers attract hummingbirds and bees. Its adaptability to various soil types, as long as they are well-draining, also makes it a great choice for any coastal or inland garden in full or partial sun.

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Thickleaf Yerba Santa, 'Eriodictyon Crassifolium'
Thickleaf Yerba Santa, 'Eriodictyon Crassifolium'
Thickleaf Yerba Santa, 'Eriodictyon Crassifolium'
Thickleaf Yerba Santa, 'Eriodictyon Crassifolium'

Thickleaf Yerba Santa, 'Eriodictyon Crassifolium'

$12.00

Thickleaf Yerba Santa, 'Eriodictvon Crassifolium' is a California endemic shrub found in coastal and inland hills below 6,000 ft. It grows up to 3 meters tall, with leaves up to 17 cm long and 6 cm wide. Its distinctive lavender bell-shaped flowers consist of 5 fused petals and are held in an upright cluster at the top of the stem. 

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Arthur Menzies, 'Erigeron Glaucus'
Arthur Menzies, 'Erigeron Glaucus'

Arthur Menzies, 'Erigeron Glaucus'

$12.00

Erigeron 'Arthur Menzies' is a large, showy flower with a long bloom season and excellent deer resistance. Despite its impressive size, you can expect only one flower per plant per year. This makes it a great addition to any conventional garden, but particularly effective at deterring deer. Works as a great groundcover.

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Coyote Mint, 'Monardella Villosa'
Coyote Mint, 'Monardella Villosa'
Coyote Mint, 'Monardella Villosa'
Coyote Mint, 'Monardella Villosa'

Coyote Mint, 'Monardella Villosa'

$12.00

Monardella Villosa, 'Coyote Mint' is an attractive spreading subshrub with fragrant, mint-scented foliage and delicate lavender flowers. This popular nursery selection blooms all summer, attracting bees and butterflies to its delicate flowers. Requiring well-drained soil and drought tolerance, Coyote Mint also benefits from regular light pruning and occasional summer irrigation for best bloom and foliage quality. In addition, it has been used in traditional medicine as a tea to treat upset stomach and other ailments.

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Desert Globemallow, 'Sphaeralcea Ambigua'
Desert Globemallow, 'Sphaeralcea Ambigua'
Desert Globemallow, 'Sphaeralcea Ambigua'
Desert Globemallow, 'Sphaeralcea Ambigua'
Desert Globemallow, 'Sphaeralcea Ambigua'
Desert Globemallow, 'Sphaeralcea Ambigua'

Desert Globemallow, 'Sphaeralcea Ambigua'

$12.00

Sphaeralcea Ambigua, 'Desert Globemallow' is a perennial shrub native to parts of the U.S. and Mexico. It grows well in alkaline soils and is known for its fuzzy leaves with white hairs on both sides, lobed, and veined. It thrives in desert chaparral habitats and comes in three varieties, with lavender-colored flowers. 

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Eve Case Coffeeberry, 'Frangula Californica'
Eve Case Coffeeberry, 'Frangula Californica'

Eve Case Coffeeberry, 'Frangula Californica'

$12.00

The Eve Case Coffeeberry is a specially bred cultivar of Frangula Californica, providing a compact and easy to maintain shrub perfect for pots and hedges. It typically grows up to 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide, and is highly adaptable to a variety of soil types. Best suited for sun or part shade in coastal areas, and part shade or shade in inland locations.

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Sage, Salvia 'Allen Chickering'
Sage, Salvia 'Allen Chickering'
Sage, Salvia 'Allen Chickering'
Sage, Salvia 'Allen Chickering'

Sage, Salvia 'Allen Chickering'

$25.00

 A dense and heavily fragrant shrub that grows to 5 feet tall with an equal or greater spread. Leaves are gray-green and approximately 1 inch long. The 2 foot long flower spikes of deep lavender flowers form on a tier of whorls in late spring and summer.

Requires full sun, well-draining soil and only occasional summer watering and once established it requires even less watering. This Salvia is frost hardy to about 15° F. As with other native sages, to keep a dense and more attractive plant cut back in the winter by about a third or more when young - once mature with woody stems, only tip prune.   

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CA Native Planting Instructions

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Planting California native plants is a rewarding endeavor that supports local ecosystems and enhances the natural beauty of your surroundings. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you successfully plant and care for these indigenous gems:

#1 Choose right location

Identify a suitable location based on the sunlight requirements of your selected native plants. Most California natives prefer full sun, but some may thrive in partial shade.

#2 Planting

Dig a hole slightly larger than the plant's root ball. Gently remove the plant from its container, loosen the roots, and place it in the hole. Position the plant at the same depth it was in the container and backfill with soil. Water thoroughly after planting.

#3 Amend the Soil

Though most CA Native plants don't require highly fertile soil, soil in most home gardens has been damaged from construction and years of dehydration and sun exposure. Improve soil quality by amending it with organic matter such as compost. Add a 1/2 inch layer of compost in a 1 foot diameter around each plant.

#4 Mulch

Apply a layer of wood chip mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Keep the mulch away from the plant's stem to prevent rot.

#5 Watering

Water newly planted California native plants deeply to establish their roots. Afterward, reduce the frequency of watering, as many natives are adapted to drought conditions. However, monitor soil moisture and water when needed, especially during prolonged dry spells.

#6 Pruning and Maintenance

Native plants generally require minimal pruning. Remove dead or damaged growth as needed. Avoid over-fertilizing, as many California natives are adapted to nutrient-poor soils.

#7 Attract Wildlife

California native plants often play a crucial role in supporting local wildlife. Consider incorporating plants that attract pollinators, butterflies, and birds, enhancing the biodiversity of your garden.

#8 Observe and Adapt

Regularly observe the health and growth of your native plants. If adjustments are needed, such as additional water during extreme heat, be responsive to the changing needs of your garden.By following these steps, you can create a thriving garden that not only showcases the beauty of California's native plants but also contributes to the overall health of the local environment.