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Las Pilitas Nursery
California Native Plants are all we grow!
Yellow Sand Verbena
A flat to mounding nearly non-frost tolerant perennial that will 'disappear' to the roots under stress. According to Parsons "The stout root . . . is sometimes eaten by the Indians." The flowers are ... Learn more.
A flat nearly non-frost tolerant perennial that will \'disappear\' to the roots under stress. The flowers are pink and it grows in the sand along the immediate coast.. The soil must be fairly lose an... Learn more.
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.
Acer negundo californicum Bert's Toy Box
This is a male Box Elder that is native to California. A small flowering tree that is tidy, rather nice looking, not huge, somewhat tolerate of water or drought, and actually very useful. We've only g... 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 Buckeye is a deciduous, small tree, normally growing to 15'. The showy 6" creamy- scented flower spikes appear in April-May. Native to the central coast ranges and Sierra Nevada mounta... Learn more.
A plant for containers or dry gardens. Native to the immediate coast of Baja and San Diego. Not common in California. Leaves in a rosette on a short two ft. stem (caudex), and flowering stem is up ... Learn more.
A small droopy bunch grass that grows in small openings in the coastal sage scrub in San Luis Obispo County. Use with June Grass (Koeleria cristata), California poppies, and Field Lupine(Lupinus nanus... 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.
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.
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.
Pearly Everlasting is a rather weedy perennial that Painted Ladies visit. If you're old and male don't get excited, Painted Ladies are butterflies. PE has an interesting flower that looks like a small... 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.
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.
Arctostaphylos Baby Bear Manzanita Bush
Manzanita by the baby bear
'Baby Bear' manzanita has dark red almost purple bark, bright rose pink flowers, liked by hummingbirds, butterflies, bumblebees and other native bees, easy to grow, tolerates most soils, Baby Bear man... Learn more.
Arroyo de la Cruz Manzanita
This manzanita is a little shrub that grows to 2-3' tall and 4-5' in width. It has auriculate leaves that are gray on smooth dark red stems. It grows on old ocean beaches and bluffs from San Luis Obis... Learn more.
This species is now considered Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. cushingiana. A sprawling evergreen shrub to 2' tall and 6' wide, with fuzzy (fine tomentose) stems, and gray foliage, Mouse Mound Manz... Learn more.