Drought tolerant plants for the Santa Barbara and Goleta area.

Drought Tolerant Native plants for Sunny Santa Barbara

Asclepias fascicularis, Narrow-leaf milkweed with a Monarch Butterfly larva. In towns like Santa Barbara or Santa Monica the Monarchs will eat the plants down several times a year. - grid24_12
Acmon Blue, Plebejus acmon on Brickellia californica - grid24_12
A hummingbird takes a break from the Isomeris flowers - grid24_12
Iva hayesiana, Hayes iva is native along the coast from Ventura, through Los Angeles, Orange and Into San Diego.. And then it skips and grows in seasonally moist alkaline places along the desert from Lucerne south. Grows as a green ground cover in the San Joaquin Valley with minimal water and tolerates drip. - grid24_12
Silver Bush Lupine has a mix of pastels and is a stunner in a Southern California Garden. This lupine does not like water and is very drought tolerant. - grid24_12
Malacothamnus fasciculatus,  Bush Mallow, here shown in full flower in the summer time in our Santa Margarita, garden.  - grid24_12
Penstemon centranthifolius, Scarlet Bugler flowers grows along the Coastal Counties of Southern California. - grid24_12
Penstemon spectablis, Showy Monkey flower with an Anna Hummingbird. Hard to beleive this used to be common in the Santa Monica Mtns, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Eagle Rock  and most of Southern California. - grid24_12
Fruit of Prunus lyonii, Catalina cherry with cherries - grid24_12
Romneya coulteri flowers. - grid24_12
Salvia Bee's Bliss and Penstemon spectablis - grid24_12
Salvia Pozo Blue with a Swallowtail butterfly in the garden at Santa Margarita. Native plant gardens attract  native butterflies. - grid24_12
A Bumblebee Moth or Snowberry Clearwing, Hemaris sp.  working a Salvia clevelandii Alpine flower. When he flies between flowers the tongue is rolled. These moths used to be out at night all over Southern California. Imagine going out in the evening in Santa Barbara or Los Angeles and finding a Bumblebee moth working the flowers. - grid24_12
Purple Sage in Flower. Purple Sage is the biggest of the California sages. - grid24_12
Sisyrinchium bellum, Blue Eyed Grass is a frequent resident of open areas from the coast inland to where the housing starts getting reasonable. In some places Blue Eyed grass is native, with no extra water, on hillsides as far 50 miles inland. In moist spots this iris can be found in much of California, even bordering the desert. It used to be all over the parking lot at the  Topanga  RCD, Los Angeles. - grid24_12
Trichostema lanatum, Woolly Blue Curls used to grow native through the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Catalina Island, up through Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles, Riverside,  up to Monterey and south to San Diego.  - grid24_12
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_12
Zauschneria californica Bert's Bluff was native on a coastal bluff but does very well inland and is hardy to about 0F, -15C. A great native plant fro your garden. In a school garden it starts flowers about when school starts. - grid24_12

Tolerates/Prefers Part-shade or Shade

Ribes aureum var. gracillimum, Golden Currant, flowers, being visited by a Rufous Hummingbird.  - grid24_12
Ribes specosum, Fuchsia flowered Gooseberry, in flower with Anna Hummingbird. - grid24_12
Scrophularia atrata, Bumble Bee Plant with it's funny flowers - grid24_12
Solanum xanti hoffmannii grows from about Santa Barbara south into San Diego County.  - grid24_12
Santa Barbara could use more native plants.
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