Las Pilitas Nursery

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3232 Las Pilitas Rd
Santa Margarita, CA 93453
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8331 Nelson Way
Escondido, CA 92026
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This website is dedicated to Bert Wilson. His genius continues to inspire us.

California Native Plants

All the plants we have ever grown, listed by alphabetic order.
Click on a letter, "A" for Arctostaphylos "M" for Manzanita!

Go to each plant's page to check availability, look at pictures, or buy online

Try something as simple as typing whatever you are looking for in our search box. Try something natural like your city name or the native plant you're looking for.
We have all sorts of pages about native plants and their natural allies.  More than likely there will be something mentioning your city or your question in a thousands of pages of information.

The purpose of this page is to show you the diverse plants that occur naturally in California, and maybe a little about California itself.

We've tried to cover all aspects of a native garden, native plants and animals.

Why not put a low groundcover in the front yard. Make it harder for that neighbor dog and better for the local hummingbirds. Not to mention lowering your water bill.
 Arctostaphylos refugioensis, Refugio Manzanita with Anna Hummingbird in a natural setting created in your yard. - grid24_6
California is home to manzanitas and hummingbirds!
This California native plant photo is one of the most frequently stolen images on the web. Agoura Monkey flower with Salvia clevelandii Alpine along the driveway in 2003. - grid24_12
Monkey flowers are rumored to have monkeys in their flowers.
I pushed a few gallon containers together so you can visualize a California wildflower bouquet. Native plants are beautiful and can create a spectacular garden. - grid24_12
Where have all the wildflowers gone? Plant them in your garden...
10 easy native plants.
Penstemon spectabilis, Showy Penstemon is a natural in a large perennial garden. You can still have a perennial garden with no water, just use native plants. - grid24_6
Penstemons are wonderful perennials.
A Rufous crowned sparrow, Aimophila ruficeps is a  natural checker-outer. Like little chickens, they'll peck anything once. - grid24_12
Native plants may be edible.
But an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Quercus-cornelius-mulleri as a tree along Hwy. 18 North of Big Bear. This oak is native to much of interior Southern California. - grid24_6
We have pictures and descriptions for most California Oaks.
Cercidium floridum, Palo Verde, sometimes called Blue Palo Verde. Without the flowers this native has a blue smoky silhouette. One of the few plants with any height out in the desert.   - grid24_12
Native Trees are some of the drought tolerant plants that are native to California.
Close up of Ceanothus Mill's Glory flowers. Un-watered California native plants can better than watered non-native plants. - grid24_12
Ceanothus species, Mountain Lilacs live mostly in California.
You can browse our native plants by clicking on the Browse plants link. You can filter plants by height, community, nursery, etc. Thumbnails and easy mail order shopping, or just looking at native plants for your garden.
We have introduced several very popular, native hybrids and cultivars to the landscaping trade, which can be seen at our nursery and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, California, including: the perennials Penstemon; 'Margarita BOP', 'Powerline Pink' Sage, 'Ramona' Monkey Flower, and the shrubs Salvia Pozo Blue, Ceanothus Celestial Blue, Ceanothus Remote Blue, Ceanothus L.T. Blue, and Salvia Celestial Blue among others.
Salvia Celestial Blue is REALLY blue. Native plants are wonderfully fragrant and colorful. Celestial Blue has grown into a six ft. bush with no irrigation in both Los Angeles and San Diego. You'll have to water it a few times to start it, but then it's a natural! - grid24_12
Native Plants are amazing! Here are the flowers of Salvia Celestial Blue
Salvia spathacea, Topanga Hummingbird sage. Areas of Western Los Angeles used to look like this. - grid24_12
We have made a picture page of
Los Angeles Native plants
Lonicera hispidula, Chaparral Honeysuckle, is native in coastal California, seen here  ten feet up in a bush. - grid24_12
Honeysuckles in California?

California Native Plants

Native plants are beautiful and full of LIFE! Native flies, bees, bumblebees, birds, hummingbirds, even lizards. show up in a native garden. 'Wild' life shows up even in remote town gardens. Your garden can be as wonderful as a great movie, full of intrigue and cinematic colore.

Native gardens need about one tenth the water that 'drought tolerant' non-native gardens need. (We have no sprinkler systems on the motherstock areas.) If you pick native plants that grow in your area naturally, you can be a natural! (Some call these native plant nuts...)

Here are some of the pages that we've written for specific groups of native plants. This page is meant to be a window into some of the web pages that we've produced about native plants. We've written about 2000 urls so far trying to address all aspects of native plants, native plant gardens and details about each nursery.

Native plants like Mahonia nevinii attract native wildlife like Western Bluebirds.