California Native Plants

California native plants are not only beautiful, they are naturally drought tolerant, help support local ecosystems and provide habitat for birds, butterflies and pollinators. Planting California natives is also a sustainable landscaping approach in the Turf Replacement Program. All plants in these guides and profiles are native to Southern California and are available at these nurseries.

Plant California Native. Be California Friendly®.

Gardening with California Friendly® Plants

Check out Metropolitan’s Southern California garden guide.This site is designed to help you explore climate-appropriate, California Friendly® and native plants, trees, and grasses to create a beautiful, sustainable landscape at home.

Regional Garden Guide

Native Plant Profiles

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 message: Krista Guerrero, [email protected]