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This website is dedicated to Bert Wilson. His genius continues to inspire us.

Native plants of the Los Angeles area.

I've not included the little weird ones but focused on the common local native plants that are in the trade you should be able to see native in the wild and plant in your garden. Most of these plants are native locally from Santa Monica, through Malibu, into Los Angeles and maybe as far north as Thousand Oaks and east to maybe Pasadena. Many are native to all of Coastal Southern and even Central California.
Most plants have a web page with photos and videos for each, click the links to move to the individual pages.
Adenostoma fasciculatum (Chamise or Greasewood)  in flower in a Santa margarita morning - grid24_6
Adenostoma fasciculatum, Chamise lives in the chaparral areas of the Santa Monica Mountains and lower San Gabriel. Wonderful plant for hillside stabilization.
Ambrosia dumosa - grid24_6
Ambrosia psilostachya, Western Ragweed Do not plant this plant in your little garden in Los Angeles. It will take over all of LA.
Artemisia californica, California Sagebrush, with Diplacus longiflorus, in the coastal sage scrub near Vandenberg Village, California.  - grid24_6
Artemisia californica, California Sagebrush used to be a common plant in the Los Angeles basin.
Baccharis plummerae (need photo)
Brickellia nevinii (Need photo)
Brodiaea jolonensis (need photo)
Red maids flower - grid24_6
Calandrinia ciliata, Red Maids used to be a common annual of hay fields. I guess too many people made hay in Los Angeles sun.
Calochortus clavatus - grid24_6
Calochortus clavatus
Need photo for Calochortus splendens
Castilleja affinis (Need Photo)
This Ceanothus megacarpus X cuneatus was growing on top of a peak on South Vandenberg, south east of Lompoc. - grid24_6
Ceanothus megacarpus, Big Pod California Lilac is a common Ceanothus in the hills between Malibu and Los Angeles.
Ceanothus oliganthus blue lilac bush - grid24_6
Ceanothus oliganthus, Hairy-Leaf Ceanothus is local between Simi Valley and Philmore.
Ceanothus spinosus,  Red-Heart Mountain Lilac. flowers - grid24_6
Ceanothus spinosus, Red-Heart Mountain Lilac is local in the coastal mountains. It is on top of San Marcos Pass in Santa Barbara.
Cirsium occidentale

Clarkia bottae
Speckled Clarkia or Farewell to Spring - grid24_6
Clarkia cylindrica
Montia perifoliata Miner's Lettuce - grid24_6
Claytonia perfoliata, Miner's Lettuce used to be under all the coastal oaks.
A hummingbird takes a break from the Isomeris flowers - grid24_6
Cleome isomeris, Bladderpod grows from Malibu to Barstow.
Croton californicus,  Croton plant - grid24_6
Croton californicus is common along coastal bluffs.
need photo of Cryptantha clevelandii
Here is a closeup photo of the red flowers of Delphinium cardinale, Scarlet Larkspur. - grid24_6
Delphinium cardinale, Scarlet Larkspur, it used to be locally common on Mulholland.
Dryopteris arguta, Wood Fern as forest understory - grid24_6
Dryopteris arguta, Wood fern does not tolerate many weeds.
Dudleya pulverulenta, Chalk Liveforever with developing flower spikes, no flowers yet - grid24_6
Dudleya pulverulenta, Chalk Dudleya grows on cool rocky cliffs. Very localized.
This was a planting down by our bridge. I thought the Giant Rye / Buckwheat mix was wonderful. - grid24_6
Elymus condensatus, Giant Wild Rye can be found in funny spots next to the ocean or in the canyons like Latigo.
Leymus triticoides - creeping wild rye, Valley Wild rye, alkali rye down at the end of our road in Santa Margarita - grid24_6
Elymus triticoides, Creeping wild rye can be found locally inland or on bluffs where there is seasonal moisture along the Santa Monica to Santa Barbara coast inland through Malibu to Agoura.
 Emmenanthe penduliflora (whisperingbells), I don't know, they've never whispered anything to me. - grid24_6
Emmenanthe penduliflora, Whispering Bells locally common in disturbed soils.
Encelia californica - California encelia, California brittlebush, bush sunflower  - grid24_6
Encelia californica, Bush Sunflower is right along the coast in Malibu and Ventura.
Narrowleaf California fuchsia, Zauschneria cana 'Hollywood Flame'  in flower. California fuchsia works very well in a container or pot.  This narrow leaf form was around western Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks and Santa Monica - grid24_6
Epilobium canum, Narrowleaf California Fuchsia is common in the Santa Monica Mountains and Los Angeles area.
Epipactis gigantea,  Stream Orchid flower - grid24_6
Epipactis gigantea, Stream Orchid can be found in creeks or springs.
Ash leaf buckwheat with the pink flowers turning rust in fall - grid24_6
Eriogonum cinereum, Ashyleaf buckwheat grows in the Coastal Plains and Basins and all over the Los Angeles Basin
Eriophyllum wallacei (syn. Antheropeas wallacei),dwarf daisy, woolly daisy - grid24_6
Eriophyllum wallacei (syn. Antheropeas wallacei),Dwarf daisy, Woolly daisy
Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia as little bush - grid24_6
Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia
An old picture of Chocolate Lily, Mission bells, Fritilaria biflora - grid24_3
Fritillaria biflora, Chocolate Lily
Galium angustifolium (Need Photo)
Christmas berry or Toyon with berries is what Hollywood was named after. Toyon will grow in most of Los Angeles with no water after first year. - grid24_6
Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon is what Hollywood was named after.
Juncus mexicanus - grid24_3
Juncus mexicanus, Mexican Rush
Juncus textilis Basket Rush - grid24_6
Juncus textilis, Basket Rush used to be common along the Los Angeles River.
Lupinus hirsutissimus
Lupinus longifolius
Lupinus sparsiflorus
Lupinus truncatus
missing photos, sorry
Plant native plants that are local to your area. They do not have to be grown there, we can grow them here and send them to you! The best plants for an area used to be native there, then you can move away to your California natives and sleep at night knowing your local birds and bees have a home.
This Monkey flower is about 25 years old and was found along Topanga Canyon Rd in west Los Angeles. - grid24_6
Mimulus longiflorus,  Topanga monkey flower. Yes there are monkeys in Los Angeles.
Santa Susana Monkey Flower, Diplacus  rutilus, has a BIG red flower and grows native in North Los Angeles, Pasadena. Los Angeles has GREAT native plants! - grid24_6
Mimulus rutilus, Santa Susana Monkey Flower is a stunning flower right in your hills.
Fire Poppy, Papaver californicum used to cover vast areas of California in the few years when California had massive fires(every few centuries.) - grid24_3
Papaver californicum, Fire Poppy
Foothill Penstemon, Penstemon heterophyllus australis is native in most of Southern California.  Shown here in the Santa Margarita garden. - grid24_6
Penstemon heterophyllus, Foothill Penstemon grows in the canyons and hills from inland Malibu through most of the Los Angeles area.
Phacelia grandiflora, Large Flowered Phacelia - grid24_6
Phacelia grandiflora, Large Flowered Phacelia is a huge amazing flower. To bad it's an annual.
Need Photos Phacelia distans
Phacelia minor,
Phacelia parryi
Phacelia viscida
Scrub Oak, Quercus berberidifolia - grid24_6
Quercus berberidifolia. Scrub Oak grows in most of the canyons around Los Angeles.
Skullcap, Scutellaria tuberosa australis - grid24_6
Scutellaria tuberosa
Venegasia carpesioides, Canyon Sunflower can be found on the north slopes and peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains and throughout greater Los Angeles. - grid24_6
Venegasia carpesioides, Canyon Sunflower grows on north slopes among rocks.
The flowers on Zauschneria cana are a little different from most California fuchsias. Hard to believe that these flowers used toi cover the hills around Los Angeles. - grid24_6
The flowers on Zauschneria cana are a little different from most California fuchsias.

The Los Angeles basin has a lot of people and a lot of mustard. It's missing a lot of native plants and trees. If someone could figure out how to get rid of the weeds, which would stop most of the fires that would be lovely. You'd see green hillsides full of birds and other wildlife and the climate would become much more moderate again in the basin.

Bert filming Los Angeles Basin from the Santa Susana Mts.. - grid24_12
Where's Baldo?

We are a native plant nursery that ships mail order into all of the Los Angeles area. The plants are on vacation here ready to come and visit your garden.
Actually we're stressing them and they want to go home.... Think local and buy from us. How else can we pay for this?