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Las Pilitas Nursery
California Native Plants are all we grow!
Abronia villosa aurita
Abronia villosa var. aurita has larger flowers than Abronia villosa var. villosa. It is found on the coastal side of the southern California mountains in chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant communi... Learn more.
Evergreen shrub (perennial) 3 ft. high, native to Baja and San Diego, red catkin -type flower clusters and leaf color make it a neat attractive plant effective in coastal gardens. This plant looks ver... Learn more.
Acer negundo californicum
California Box Elder
California Box Elder is a deciduous tree, usually 30', possible to 50'. Native to the mountains of central and northern California. Acer negundo var. californicum has a bad rap because of ... Learn more.
Achillea millefolium californica
Western Yarrow is a small perennial that spreads by rhizomes. It varies by locale from 1-4'. The cream-colored (off-white?) flowers are in 3- 4"clusters. It's native to the western U.S. and is drough... Learn more.
Achillea millefolium rosea Island Pink
(Achillea borealis ssp. californica (Munz)) Island Pink. Yarrow is a perennial that spreads by rhizomes. It varies by locale from one to four feet. Some plants of each population will have 3- 4"clu... Learn more.
Chamise tends to be a medium to large shrub, 3-10 ft., tall. Native to the coast ranges (Mendocino and Lake County south to Baja) and Sierra Nevada mountains (From about Tehama County, south). a very ... Learn more.
Red shanks grows from the San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara County line south in chaparral, down through the L.A. basin in coastal sage scrub and up on the edge of the pine forests in many areas like Mo... Learn more.
California Maiden-Hair Fern
This maidenhair fern is native to much of California and grows in shaded woods under oaks and pines. Maidenhair never gets much sun and is usually in moist winter spots, that go dry in summer. If this... Learn more.
Mountain dandelion is a little perennial with large dandelion seed 'balls'. These 'balls' (head of fruits) are up to 2 inches across. Large yellow flowers, leafless flowering stems, leaves near the b... Learn more.
This bentgrass, is a perennial, with creeping rhizomes, palea obsolete, hairs at base of lemma minute, inflorescence (Panicle) spikelike. A small, perennial grass, could be utilized as a spring lawn... Learn more.
Red skinned onion
Red-skinned onion, Allium haematochiton, grows in openings and open fields throughout much of Southern California. Plant in a un-mulched section of the garden and plant a rock on to of a... Learn more.
White alder is a fast deciduous tree to 20' first years then slower to 50 ft.. Native to moist canyons on the west coast. A nice- looking and fragrant shade tree. It likes sun and water. It is not ... Learn more.
A weedy , perennial, native with spreading rhizomes that grows in disturbed areas of native plant communities,. Use as an indicator of a site in trouble. Found in roadsides and dry fields, common, th... Learn more.
Utah Service Berry
Utah Service Berry is a very different looking shrub. The bark is off-white, foliage is green-grey, foliage is predominantly on the outer tips of the stems. Associated plants include Keckiella ternatu... Learn more.
California False Indigo Bush
California False Indigo Bush is a aromatic shrub to about six feet. This shrub in the pea family is native to central and southern California, where it prefers lightly filtered sun to nearly full sha... Learn more.
Amorpha fruticosa (occidentalis) or False Indigo, grows in north slopes and moist spots through much of San Diego County, western Riverside county and cooler protected spots in Arizona and New Mexico.... Learn more.
Antirrhinum coulterium, Coulters snapdragon is another one of the many plants that is not supposed to be living on the Santa Margarita nursery site, but it is here. One of those surprise! Guess what I... Learn more.
Antirrhinum kelloggii(Antirrhinum hookerianum, Antirrhinum strictum, Maurandyra strictum, Asarium strictum) or Climbing snapdragon is a cute little annual wildflower. We do not grow it intentionally, ... Learn more.
Multiflowered snapdragon is a two foot perennial with two foot flower spikes of pink and yellow flowers. Multiflowered Snapdragon prefers full sun with excellent drainage, and no water after establi... Learn more.
Nuttall's Snapdragon is a delicate, miniature snapdragon that is very short-lived, (annual), diminutive, climbs other plants for support, but is so pretty, that the work to grow it is worth it. It ... Learn more.
The keys do not agree. This plant (A. eximia) probably is a hybrid with Aquilegia formosa. A 2' perennial, with red-yellow flowers and green-gray foliage, Serpentine Columbine flowers from May th... Learn more.