The Las Pilitas Collection
These are 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.
We try to develop plants that have good wildlife value, are drought
tolerant, and are pretty (what's the point if they look ugly). Our
plants are named after family members, friends, customers, local
towns near where the original plant was discovered, or areas of the
nursery the plant popped up in.
Instead of plants bred for beauty at the cost of survivability and
ecological sustainability we try to choose plants that still retain
strong survival traits but are also attractive.
Some cultivated plants are like Chihuahuas, cute but if you dropped
one out in the wild it probably wouldn’t last very long, but a
coyote...beauty and survivability.
None of our selections are patented so any nursery is free to
cultivate them. So our selections are usually out and about in the
nursery trade. The flip side to that coin is that we get no
compensation if our plants are purchase from another nursery. And,
as we sell directly to our customers, if you see these somewhere
else for sale, we didn't grow them.