Las Pilitas Nursery

California Native Plants are all we grow!

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3232 Las Pilitas Rd
Santa Margarita, CA 93453
Fri. & Sat. from 9am-4pm
8331 Nelson Way
Escondido, CA 92026
Tues. to Sat. from 9am-4pm

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Our Escondido location closes April 30th! Now 50% off all retail sales in Escondido! Our Santa Margarita and Online stores will continue to operate. Read Update

Update: 4/29/2016 9:30 AM

Final update, we have now increased our retail discount to 50% at our Escondido location as our closing date of April 30th is tomorrow!

Dear customers and friends,

Our nursery in Escondido, CA will be closing with our last day being April 30th, 2016. It has been a thrilling ride since our opening in 2000 and we enjoyed bringing our plants to the greater San Diego area. But we have chosen to focus on our retail and online store in Santa Margarita, CA. We appreciate all the support over the years and hope we can continue to supply our plants to our many loyal customers in San Diego via our online store.

Between now and April 30th, 2016 we will be offering discounts at our Escondido location starting at 10% off all plants for retail sales. We hope to be joining our manager Valerie Phillips at the nursery on April 30th, 2016 and look forward to seeing some familiar faces.


- Penny and Ian

Our Southern California Nursery

San Diego and Los Angeles


Las Pilitas Nursery
8331 Nelson Way
Escondido, CA 92026

phone: 760.749.5930
fax: 760.749.5932


Open 9 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday.

We are a native plant nursery.

You can see our sign
as soon as you pull on to Nelson Way. The native plant nursery is right behind it.

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Here is the printable native plant availability list
Browse the native plants Escondido has in stock

We accept Cash, Checks, Debit, Visa and Mastercard.

Call if you're driving a hundred miles for a weird native plant; when the inventory gets below 10, well, errors are easy to make.

All we grow are native plants.

The Escondido nursery grows primarily for the San Diego, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties. We have some desert native plants, mountain plants and a lot of chaparral and coastal sage scrub plants. Which means, we have Manzanita, Ceanothus, Salvia, Buckwheat, California Fuchsia and many other native plants.

Our retail section has tables of native plants labeled for your browsing pleasure. Valerie has set areas of the nursery up so you can cruise and browse. We provide wi-fi so you can look up each plant with your tablet or just enjoy the plants at table level.
A California native plant nursery with a lot of different plants for your garden, labels and staff to help you.

We also sell Redwood mulch.

Our nursery has a friendly staff and native plants for the  butterflies and birds. The plants have signs. Come explore a native plant nursery for Southern California. - grid24_12
Native plant nursery.
The public section of our Escondido plant nursery. All we grow are native plants. - grid24_12
Looking back across one section of the native plant nursery towards the front gate and the office.
The retail section of our native plant nursery. It is set up for you to cruise and read. - grid24_12
Take a date along that likes plants. You can cruise and check out native plants for a couple of hours. Many do.
The plant nursery has a cute little sitting area and 'office'.  - grid24_12
Our little office and sitting area. Hubby can sit and surf while you shop for native plants.
A view of the Escondido  nursery. All we grow are California native plants.
Looking across the nursery first thing in the morning.
Southern California gardens can support all sorts of
native plants.

Here is a little rock garden at the Escondido Native plant nursery. The soil there was an old trucking yard. Soil is so compacted you can't dig it. We used a jack hammer to dig the fence posts. California native plants like the Penstemon heterophyllus, Dudleya cymosa, Mock Heather, and Sulfur Buckwheat seem to do fine.

The retail section of the Las Pilitas Nursery in San Diego County.

Accessing the nursery from the north.

Coming to the Native Plant Nursery from the south.