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Native Plants of the Berkeley and Oakland Hills

Here are some of the plants that were native around the Oakland and Berkeley hills of California. This list is not complete, but most of the common natives that you would use in a garden or notice in the wildland are listed. View as a pamphlet of native plants of the Berkeley and Oakland hills..
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Alnus rubra, Red Alder, is a great plant for erosion control, and fixes nitrogen. - grid24_12
Alnus rubra, Red Alder
Amelanchier utahensis, Utah Service Berry is a big enough bush that it can be used as a hedge or screen. - grid24_12
Amelanchier utahensis, Utah Service Berry
 Aquilegia formosa, Western Columbine.  - grid24_12
Aquilegia formosa, Western Columbine
Aralia californica elk clover leaves - grid24_12
Aralia californica, California Spikenard
Band Tailed Pigeon like Madrone berries.  - grid24_12
Arbutus menziesii, Madrone
Arctostaphylos crustacea, Brittleleaf Manzanita  - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos crustacea, Brittleleaf Manzanita
Arctostaphylos tomentosa - woolly leaf manzanita - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos tomentosa, Woollyleaf Manzanita
Artemisia californica - grid24_12
Artemisia californica, California Sagebrush
Artemisia douglasiana Mugwort - grid24_12
Artemisia douglasiana, Mugwort
Aster chilensis,  California Aster flowers - grid24_12
Aster chilensis, California Aster
Baccharis glutinosa Water Wally. - grid24_12
Baccharis glutinosa, Water Wally
Baccharis pilularis pilularis, Pigeon Point, Dwarf Coyote Brush as a small groundcover. - grid24_12
Baccharis pilularis, Dwarf Coyote Brush
Coyote Bush as a hedge looks natural. But man disturbed the area and created a site for the Coyote Bush. Is that natural? - grid24_12
Baccharis pilularis consanguinea, Coyote Brush
Brodiaea pulchella, or Dichelostemma capitatum,  Wild Hyacinth, flowers in very early spring, and so provides nectar for pollinators, when not much else is flowering.  - grid24_12
Brodiaea pulchella, Wild Hyacinth
A side view of the flower and leaves of Calycanthus occidentalis, Spice Bush, in our Santa Margarita garden. - grid24_12
Calycanthus occidentalis, Spice Bush
Ceanothus sorediatus Klamath has nice blue flowers. - grid24_12
Ceanothus sorediatus, Blue Blossum Mountain Lilac
Castilleja foliolosa Woolly Indian Paintbrush - grid24_12
Castilleja foliolosa, Woolly Indian Paintbrush
Calystegia purpurata Purplish Morning Glory - grid24_12
Calystegia purpurata, Purplish Morning Glory
Ceanothus Skylark has fragrant blue flowers! - grid24_12
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus, Coastal Mountain Lilac
This is a young Mountain Mahogany after a couple of years with no water. It is mixed in with Trichostema and Chamise here. But nearby it's mixed with scrub oak and Pitcher sage. - grid24_12
Mountain Mahogany
Chenopodium californicum Indian lettuce - grid24_12
Chenopodium californicum, Indian lettuce
The small delicate flowers of Chlorogalum pomeridianum, Soap Lily, in our garden at Santa Margarita.  - grid24_12
Chlorogalum pomeridianum, Soap Lily
Clematis lasthania climbing on Ceanothus. In the coastal valleys of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles this vine can cover a hundred ft.  of fences. - grid24_12
Clematis lasiantha, Pipestem Clematis
Here is a population of Collinsia heterophylla, Chinese Houses,east of the Santa Lucia mountains, California.  - grid24_12
Collinsia heterophylla, Chinese Houses
Cornus stolonifera, Red Stem Dogwood has clusters of white flowers. - grid24_12
Cornus stolonifera, Red Stem Dogwood
Corylus cornuta californica, Western Hazelnut - grid24_12
Corylus cornuta californica, Western Hazelnut
Pacific hound's tongue - grid24_12
Cynoglossum grande, Pacific hound's tongue
Danthonia californica, California Oat Grass,  is a coarse grass that is growing here in a sunny, moist opening in a pine forest, California.  - grid24_12
Danthonia californica, California Oat Grass
Delphinium nudicaule, red larkspur - grid24_12
Delphinium nudicaule, Canyon Delphinium
Deschampsia elongata Slender hairgrass - grid24_12
Deschampsia elongata, Slender hairgrass
The sticky monkey flower - grid24_12
Diplacus aurantiacus, Sticky Monkey Flower
dodecatheon hendersonii flowers - grid24_12
Dodecatheon hendersonii, Broad leafed shooting star
Dryopteris arguta Wood Fern - grid24_12
Dryopteris arguta, Wood Fern
Elymus glaucus Blue wild rye, Blue wildrye with seed heads - grid24_12
Elymus glaucus, Blue Wildrye
Leymus triticoides - creeping wild rye, Valley Wild rye, alkali rye down at the end of our road in Santa Margarita - grid24_12
Elymus triticoides, Alkali Rye
Eriophyllum confertiflorum, Golden Yarrow, is shown here in full flower in a sunny open area of the California chaparral. - grid24_12
Eriophyllum confertiflorum, Golden Yarrow
California Poppies are great for wildlife.  - grid24_12
Eschscholzia californica, California Poppy
 Festuca californica, California Fescue.  - grid24_12
Festuca californica, California Fescue
Wood Strawberry, Fragaria californica, tastes pretty good. Can be used in a container or as a small groundcover. - grid24_12
Fragaria californica, Wood Strawberry
Fraxinus latifolia,  Oregon Ash in the wild up by Forestville - grid24_12
Fraxinus latifolia, Oregon Ash
Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' - Coast Silk Tassel, the male flowers, catkins, can be a foot long on an interesting bush that can be wonderful hedge.  - grid24_12
Garrya elliptica, Silk Tassel
Grindelia camporum, Giant Gum Plant, with its resinous personality, is still loved by butterflies.  - grid24_12
Grindelia camporum, Giant Gum Plant
Grindella hirsutula, Hairy gumplant, flower and buds. - grid24_12
Grindelia hirsutula, Hairy gumplant
Helenium puberulum with small ray flowers - grid24_12
Helenium puberulum, Rosilla
Helianthemum scoparium, Sun Rose plants - grid24_12
Helianthemum scoparium, Sun Rose
Christmas berry or Toyon  bush occurs up and down the California coast and Sierras. - grid24_12
Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon
Heuchera micrantha. Small-flowered Alumroot, might be better preserved by calling it Dainty forest fairy flowers. - grid24_12
Heuchera micrantha, Alum Root
This is an older photo of Holodiscus discolor, Cream Bush, in flower, with the flowering plant perfectly edging the walkway, in our Santa Margarita garden.  - grid24_12
Holodiscus discolor, Cream Bush
Hordeum brachyantherum Meadow barley - grid24_12
California Barley
Iris douglasiana, Douglas Iris. - grid24_12
Iris douglasiana, Douglas Iris
Juncus patens, Common Rush - grid24_12
Common Rush
Juncus xiphioides Iris Leaved Rush - grid24_12
Juncus xiphioides, Iris Leaved Rush
Koeleria macrantha June Grass - grid24_12
Koeleria macrantha, June Grass
In this very old photo, circa 1980, Lasthenia glabrata, Goldfields, is here living up to its name, in the shadscale scrub of the Carrizo Plains, San Luis Obispo county, California. - grid24_12
Lasthenia glabrata, Goldfields
Lathyrus vestitus Wild Pea - grid24_12
Lathyrus vestitus, Wild Pea
Layia platyglossa, Tidy Tips, growing with goldfields, and other wildflowers, makes a lovely carpet, with Quercus douglasii,  in the interior of San Luis Obispo county, California.  - grid24_12
Layia platyglossa, Tidy Tips
Here reposes Lithophragma heterophylla, Woodland Star, in a very old camcorder photo, circa 1992, in the Santa Margarita garden. - grid24_12
Lithophragma heterophylla, Woodland Star
Lonicera involucrata var. ledebourii, Twinberry Honeysuckle, possesses  twin berries at the end of each flower stalk, hence its name.  - grid24_12
Lonicera involucrata ledebourii, Twinberry honeysuckle
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
Lupinus albifrons, Silver Bush Lupine
The blue form of Bush lupine or tree lupine, Lupinus arboreus - grid24_12
Lupinus arboreus, Bush Lupine
Lupinus bicolor. - grid24_12
Lupinus bicolor, Pigmy-leaved Lupine
Lupinus latifolius, Broadleaf Lupine - grid24_12
Lupinus latifolius, Broad Leaf Lupine
Field lupine, Lupinus nanus - grid24_12
Lupinus nanus, Sky Lupine
Lupinus succulentus Arroyo Lupine.is an annual - grid24_12
Lupinus succulentus, Arroyo Lupine
Man Root, Wild Cucumber flowers - grid24_12
Marah fabaceus fabaceus, Wild Cucumber
Melica californica California Melica - grid24_12
Melica californica, California Melica and Melica torreyana
Mimulus guttatus, Seep Monkey Flower - grid24_12
Mimulus guttatus, Seep Monkey Flower
Here a fritillary, and a pale swallowtail, that are sharing a plant of Monardella subglabra, Mint Bush, a fragrant subshrub. - grid24_12
Monardella subglabra, Mint Bush
This Fritilary was on Monardella villosa obispoensis above Big Sur - grid24_12
Monardella villosa, Coyote Mint
Montia perifoliata Miner's Lettuce - grid24_12
Montia perfoliata, Miner's Lettuce
Myrica californica Pacific Wax Myrtle seed - grid24_12
Myrica californica, Pacific Wax Myrtle
Nemophila menziesii, Baby Blue Eyes, can be  massively inhibited by alien species of Erodium, especially Erodium botrys, in the central coast ranges of California.  - grid24_12
Nemophila menziesii, Baby Blue Eyes
Osos berry on the Big Sur Coast - grid24_12
Osmaronia cerasiformis, Oso Berry
Phacelia imbricata, Pine Bee Flower - grid24_12
Phacelia imbricata, Pine Bee Flower
Phacelia tanacetifolia Lacy Phacelia - grid24_12
Phacelia tanacetifolia, Lacy Phacelia
Physocarpus capitatus Ninebark, flowers are white, seed pods are bright red. - grid24_12
Physocarpus capitatus, Ninebark
This is a specimen of Pinus attenuata, Knobcone Pine, in its native habitat in central California, of mixed evergreen forest.  - grid24_12
Pinus attenuata, Knobcone Pine
 Plagiobothrys nothofulvus (rusty popcornflower) - grid24_12
Plagiobothrys nothofulvus
Plantago erecta - Dot-seed Plantain - grid24_12
Plantago erecta, Plantain
Psoralea orbicularis, (Hoita orbicularis) Giant Clover. - grid24_12
Psoralea orbicularis, Giant Clover
Platystemon californicus, Cream Cups - grid24_12
Platystemon californicus, Cream Cups
Polystichum munitum Western Sword Fern - grid24_12
Polystichum munitum, Western Sword Fern
Potentilla glandulosa nevadensis,  Nevada   Cinquefoil with flowers - grid24_12
Potentilla glandulosa, Sticky Cinquefoil
Bitter Cherry leaves - grid24_12
Prunus emarginata, Bitter Cherry
Prunus subcordata, Sierra Plum and Pacific Plum leaves. Sorry we do not have a plant big enough in the ground, yet. - grid24_12
Prunus subcordata, Sierra Plum
Prunus virginiana demissa berries - grid24_12
Prunus virginiana demissa, Western Chokecherry
Pteridium aquilinum pubescens, Brake - grid24_12
Pteridium aquilinum, pubescens Brake
Quercus agrifolia,  Coast Live Oak acorns can be in different sizes and shapes. - grid24_12
Quercus agrifolia, Coast Live Oak
Canyon Live Oak, Quercus chrysolepis, leaves  south of Big Bear city. - grid24_12
Quercus chrysolepis, Canyon Live Oak
Fall color on the Quercus kelloggii can be better good. - grid24_12
Quercus kelloggii,  Kellogg Oak
Leaves of Quercus wislizenii,  Interior Live Oak. - grid24_12
Quercus wislizenii, Interior Live Oak
Scrub oak leaves - grid24_12
Quercus wislizenii frutescens, Dwarf Interior Live Oak
Ranunculus californicus Buttercup, Crowfoot - grid24_12
Ranunculus californicus, Buttercup, Crowfoot
Coffeeberry, Rhamnus californica,  with berries.  Native plants attract native birds. - grid24_12
Rhamnus californica, Coffeeberry
Rhamnus crocea, Redberry - grid24_12
Rhamnus crocea, Redberry
Rhamnus crocea ilicifolia Hollyleaf Redberry - grid24_12
Rhamnus crocea ilicifolia Hollyleaf Redberry
Ribes amarum, Bitter Gooseberry little rockets that the hummingbirds and bees like - grid24_12
Ribes amarum, Bitter Gooseberry
Ribes californicum, California hillside gooseberry - grid24_12
Ribes californicum, Hillside Gooseberry
Ribes divaricatum, Coast Black Gooseberry - grid24_12
Ribes divaricatum, Spreading Gooseberry
Ribes malvaceum, Pink Chaparral Currant - grid24_12
Ribes malvaceum, Pink Chaparral currant
Ribes menziesii, Canyon Gooseberry, with its distinctive purple-red-white flowers and lobed leaves.  - grid24_12
Ribes menziesii, Canyon Gooseberry
Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum, Pink-Flowering Currant, is one of the showiest wild currants, with its pendulous clusters of reddish-pink flowers.  - grid24_12
Ribes sanguineum glutinosum, Pink-Flowered Currant
California Rose, Rosa californica - grid24_12
California wild rose
Rosa gymnocarpa Wood Rose - grid24_12
Rosa gymnocarpa, Wood Rose
Thimbleberry,  Rubus parviflorus in flower - grid24_12
Rubus parviflorus, Thimbleberry
Rubus ursinus, Pacific blackberry - grid24_12
Rubus ursinus, Pacific blackberry
A female Phainopepla nitens eating Sambucus mexicana berries. - grid24_12
Sambucus mexicana, Tapiro
Salvia columbariae Chia - grid24_12
Salvia columbariae, Chia
This young coyote wandered into the nursery one morning, ate an apple, laid down in the cool strawberry plants and then wandered off. - grid24_12
Saxifraga californica
Scrophularia californica,  California Figwort flowers - grid24_12
Scrophularia californica, California Figwort
Skullcap, Scutellaria tuberosa australis - grid24_12
Scutellaria tuberosa, Skullcap
Smilacina stellata False Solomons Seal - grid24_12
Smilacina stellata, False Solomons Seal
Sidalcea malvaeflora Checkerbloom. - grid24_12
Sidalcea malvaeflora, Checkerbloom
Sisyrinchium bellum, Blue-Eyed Grass is a iris like native plant. - grid24_12
Sisyrinchium bellum, Blue-Eyed Grass
Stachys ajugoides rigida,  Bugle Hedgenettle - grid24_12
Stachys ajugoides rigida, Bugle Hedgenettle and Stachys ajugoides ajugoides,  Pink Hedge Nettle
Stipa cernua, Nodding needlegrass with seeds. - grid24_12
Stipa cernua, Nodding Needlegrass
Stipa lepida Foothill Stipa - grid24_12
Stipa lepida, Foothill Stipa
Stipa pulchra, Purple Stipa in an opening in Central oak woodland, not a true grassland. - grid24_12
Stipa pulchra, Purple Stipa
Symphoricarpos albus laevigatus, Common Snowberry berries. - grid24_12
Symphoricarpos albus laevigatus, Common Snowberry
Thalictrum fendleri Mountain Meadow Rue - grid24_12
Thalictrum fendleri, Mountain Meadow Rue
Thalictrum polycarpum Meadow Rue - grid24_12
Thalictrum polycarpum, Meadow Rue
Poison Oak - grid24_12
Toxicodendron diversilobum, Poison oak
Trifolium bifidium bifidium - grid24_12
Trifolium bifidum , Notchleaf Clover
Trifolium ciliolatum. Tree Clover, Foothill Clover - grid24_12
Trifolium ciliolatum, Foothill Clover
Trifolium variegatum. White-Top Clover is really rather purple. - grid24_12
Trifolium variegatum, White Tip Clover
Trifolium willdenovii. Tomcat Clover - grid24_12
Wildcat Clover. Trifolium willdenovii. or Tomcat clover , Trifolium tridentatum Trifolium willdenovii
California bay - grid24_12
Trillium chloropetalum, Giant Wake Robin and Umbellularia californica, Bay Laurel
Urtica holosericea Hoary Nettle - grid24_12
Urtica holosericea, Hoary Nettle
Verbena lasiostachys Western Vervain - grid24_12
Verbena lasiostachys, Western Vervain
Wyethia angustifolia, Narrowleaf Mule Ears flowers. - grid24_12
Wyethia angustifolia, Narrowleaf Mule Ears
An Old picture of Zauschneria californica Uvas Canyon - grid24_12
Zauschneria californica, California Fuchsia
Zigadenus fremontii, Star Lily in a mass  - grid24_12
Zigadenus fremontii, Star Lily
Complied from "A flora of western middle California",Willis Linn Jepson, 1911, the Consortium of California Herbaria and copyrighted images of laspilitas.com.
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