Native Plant Profiles

Plants native to California are naturally drought tolerant, help support local ecosystems and provide habitats for birds, bees and butterflies. Planting California native plants in your garden is also a sustainable approach in the Turf Replacement Program. Our native plant profiles serve as informational guides with detailed information on plant species, anatomy and availability. All plants in this guide are native to Southern California and available at these nurseries.

Helpful links

California Native Plant Society

CNPS is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the horticultural use of California native plants while protecting their natural habitats.

CA Native Plant Society’s database provides detailed native plant descriptions, planting guides and landscaping information.


Tree of Life Nursery

This nursery supplies over 500 species and varieties for landscaping and ecological restoration at the wholesale level.


Las Pilitas Nursery

Las Pilitas Nursery exclusively grows California native plants and maintains an extensive plant database with thorough descriptions, photos and pricing.


California Dept of Fish & Wildlife

The Habitat Conservation Planning Branch’s Native Plant Program provides resources to study, map and conserve California’s native plant species.



PlantRight collaborates with California’s nursery industry to keep invasive plants off landscapes and to promote the sale of non-invasive alternatives.


Theodore Payne Foundation

The Theodore Payne Foundation promotes the understanding, preservation and use of California native flora.

For questions or comments, please contact: Teresa Gonzalez, 213.217.6153

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