Las Pilitas Nursery

California Native Plants are all we grow!

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3232 Las Pilitas Rd
Santa Margarita, CA 93453

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

Closed for walk-in sales

Update 9/25/2020We have decided to remain closed through the Fall for walk-in sales. We want to use this time to grow plants and finish projects delayed by this turbulent year.

Pickup by appointmentWe will continue curbside pickup by appointment. Please place an online order through our website and write "pick up" and the date you want to come get the plants in the message box OR call 9AM to 4PM on Friday or Saturday. Pickups are ready after 10:30am and can be scheduled for a Tues - Sat. Give us at least 24 hours to prep your order. We will email you to confirm the date works.

Note for pick up orders: Shipping and handling, although on our order form, will not be charged when we run your credit card.

We will continue to process and ship online orders as usual until further notice.

Thank you for your continued support this year.

Las Pilitas Native Plant Nursery.


100% California native plants shipped to your front door

Since the 1970's Las Pilitas Nursery has been growing, researching and planting California native plants. We do the work, you get to play with the plants and enjoy the resulting web pages.

You can shop for native plants for your yard by clicking on the Browse plants link.

You can query native plants for your yard here.
If you know the plant you are looking for use the links below or the search box to peruse the catalog.

Buy Native Plants online!

We make the plants available online when the root balls fill in enough to hold together in shipment.
We ship Mondays, (sometimes, Tuesday and Wednesdays as orders and time allow) from Santa Margarita. UPS takes the plants to your door in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Fransisco and most of California the day after we ship.

Interstate Stock Certificate: (C6925)

USDA-APHIS SOD Certificate: (40 C6925_001).

Certified Epiphyas postvittana free, Ca-4oqlbamc6925001

You're not just a number to us.

Ship native plants? Yeap! Order by Friday and get them Tuesday in Los Angeles or San Francisco. (Unless it's really wet, UPS hates dripping boxes.)
How to order? Go to the individual plant page and look for the "add to cart". As long as "add to cart"is there you can order our native plants. If the 'add to cart" is not there, we do not have any plants ready yet.
Salvia `Celestial Blue` growing in gallon containers at the nursery in late July, 2016. - grid24_6
We work to make native plants grow for you. Our plants love to go to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego or Sacramento. They think it's spring!
Ghostly and Harmony manzanita growing in gallon containers during Summer 2016.  Photobomb courtesy of Apple tree. - grid24_6
Ghostly and Harmony manzanita growing in gallon containers during Summer 2016 for Fall 2016. Photobomb courtesy of Apple tree.

A short moo-vie of some of the native plants that are native to California. The image is Carpenteria californica.

When to plant? It is OK to plant native plants all year, for summer and fall plantings just treat the new planting to regular watering during the summer and fall months for the first year.
Winter planting is easier, spring planting is fun!
What are you waiting for? Here are more pages about Native garden how to and design
Band Tailed Pigeons in flight over the nursery. Native plants equal native birds. - grid24_12
Customers fly in from all over the world to visit our Santa Margarita Nursery. We ship native plants to most of the West and all of California from here.
Bert's Raspberry flavor of Diplacus puniceus - grid24_12

The Nursery Las Pilitas Collection

A list of the cultivated variates (cultivars) or wild selections of California native plants selected by Bert Wilson and Las Pilitas Nursery and introduced into cultivation over the past 38 years.