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Here are plants that are native in the Temecula and Murrieta area.

I've included pictures and links to the ones that we sometimes grow in our native plant nurseries. Others may be available in seed form from other sources. This is not a complete list, but I've included most of the common native plants you might see in the hills and valleys around Temecula and Murrieta.
An old photo of Abronia villosa var. aurita, Sand Verbena, from the south coast of California. - grid24_6
Abronia villosa aurita Sand Verbena grows in sandy places all around the Temecula and Murrieta area.
A hillside of Woolly Blue curls and Adenostoma fasciculatum (Chamise or Greasewood) in flower. Much maligned for flammability, it's less flammable than most garden plants.  - grid24_6
Adenostoma fasciculatum, Chamise used to grow in the chaparral west of Murrieta and south of Temecula.
Adenostoma sparsifolium, Red Shanks in the ground at the Santa Margarita Nursery - grid24_6
Adenostoma sparsifolium, Red Shanks used to be found between Temecula and Aguanga.
California maidenhair fern in among rocks at the Santa Margarita Nursery - grid24_6
Adiantum jordanii,  California Maiden-Hair Fern, used to be in Temecula Canyon.
Alnus rhombifolia south of Big Bear, 6500  feet - grid24_6
Alnus rhombifolia, White Alder occured along Temecula - Murrieta Creek.
Ambrosia psilostachya Western Ragweed - grid24_12
Ambrosia psilostachya, Western Ragweed also occured along Temecula - Murrieta Creek.
Amorpha fruticosa L. Indigo bush or False Indigo Bush flowers - grid24_6
Amorpha fruticosa,  False Indigo occurs in western Riverside county.
Antirrhinum coulterianum (syn. Sairocarpus coulterianus) is native locally in disturbed areas of Southern California. - grid24_6
Antirrhinum coulterianum, Coulters Snapdragon was found in Temecula Canyon.
Antirrhinum kelloggii (syn. Neogaerrhinum strictum) Climbing Snapdragon - grid24_6
Antirrhinum kelloggii, Climbing Snapdragon  is all around Temecula Valley but it only shows up where there are no weeds.
Antirrhinum nuttallianum Nuttall's Snapdragon flowers - grid24_6
Antirrhinum nuttallianum,  Nuttall's Snapdragon also only shows up where there are no weeds.
Arctostaphylos glauca Ramona Manzanita with pinkish flowers because of the cold early winter makes a great little bush or hedge. - grid24_6
Arctostaphylos glauca, Big Berry Manzanita  used to be common in the Temecula and Murrieta area.
Rainbow manzanita makes a cute little bush. - grid24_6
Arctostaphylos rainbowensis,  Rainbow Manzanita occurs along the west side of Riverside County.
Argemone munita, Prickly Poppy, growing in one of its natural open, sunny habitats, chaparral edges.   - grid24_6
Argemone munita,  Prickly Poppy  in the Peninsular Range, Agua Tibia Mountains.
 Aristida purpurea var. nealleyi (blue threeawn) in the wild eastb of Barstow - grid24_12
Aristida purpurea, Purple 3-awn was found in the Vail Lake area.
Astragalus Douglasii,  Douglas milkvetch plant - grid24_12
Astragalus Douglasii, Douglas milkvetch along Temecula Creek Canyon.
Coyote Bush in a vacant lot in Salinas. - grid24_6
Baccharis pilularis consanguinea, Coyote Brush is common in disturbed native areas.
Mule fat, Baccharis_viminea

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Baccharis viminea, Seep Willow occurs in the Peninsular Range E of Temecula.
Baileya multiradiata, Desert marigold in flower. - grid24_6
Baileya multiradiata, Desert Marigold grows in weed free areas around Temecula and Murrieta.
Bloomeria crocea Golden Stars - grid24_6
Bloomeria crocea, Golden Stars occurs in Temecula Canyon.
Bowlesia incana weird carrot. - grid24_6
Bowlesia incana is an annual in the carrot family.
Brickellia californica growing out of rocks along hwy 38 at about Angel Oaks. Brickellia used to be in most of the mountains around Los Angeles. If you planted a few 100,000 of these native plants back, Los Angeles might smell good again. - grid24_6
Brickellia californica, Brickellbush has been found on the south side of Temecula Gorge.
Calandrinia ciliata Red Maids - grid24_12
Calandrinia ciliata, Red Maids still appears in fields in spring.
Calochortus weedii Weeds Mariposa - grid24_6
Calochortus weedii,  Weeds Mariposa and Calochortus splendens live in native areas on the hills around Temecula.
Calystegia macrostegia, California  Morning Glory - grid24_6
Calystegia macrostegia,  California Morning Glory is a big flowered vine west of the area between Temecula and Murrieta.
Carex praegracilis (clustered field sedge) - grid24_6
Carex praegracilis Clustered Field Sedge grows along Temecula Creek.
Castilleja foliolosa Woolly Indian Paintbrush - grid24_12
Castilleja foliolosa, Woolly Indian Paintbrush is semiparasitic on Adenostoma species.
Ceanothus crassifolia covers many of the hills between Orange and Riverside counties. - grid24_6
Ceanothus crassifolius, Hoary-leaved Ceanothus occurs in Southwestern Riverside Co.
Ceanothus leucodermis, White bark Ceanothus in the wild - grid24_6
Ceanothus leucodermis,  White Bark California Lilac is common south and west of Temecula.
Ceanothus tomentosus, Woolly Leaf Mtn. Lilac has deep blue flowers. - grid24_6
Ceanothus tomentosus, Woolly Leaf Mtn. Lilac is west of Temecula and south to Baja.
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_6
Cercocarpus betuloides, Mountain Mahogany is a common native scrub on the slopes.
Clarkia, Garland Flower, Mountain Garland, Clarkia unguiculata with Hairstreak Butterfly - grid24_6
Clarkia unguiculata Mountain Garland grows on north slopes and under the shade of native oaks.
Winecup Clarkia - grid24_6
Clarkia purpurea, Winecup Clarkia is an annual wildflower that used to cover the fields around Temecula and Murrieta.
Montia perifoliata Miner's Lettuce - grid24_12
Claytonia perifoliata, Miner's Lettuce used to grow under all those native oaks.
Clematis pauciflora - grid24_6
Clematis pauciflora is a little vine that used to grow on north slopes and along the wash in Temecula.
Croton californicus,  Croton plant - grid24_12
Croton californicus,  Croton grows as a flat mat with lemon flavored leaves in weed free areas.
Cucurbita palmata in gully east of Barstow - grid24_6
Cucurbita palmata,  Coyote Gourd grows in sandy spots.
American Wild Carrot. This one was in a pot and very happy so the flowers are very large. In the wild they can be  a centimeter across on a little dinky plant.  - grid24_6
Daucus pusillus, American Wild Carrot
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
Dichelostemma capitatum,Wild Hyacinth is a small wildflower of native areas.
Dryopteris arguta Wood Fern - grid24_12
Dryopteris arguta Wood Fern North slope of Temecula Canyon.
Lady Fingers (Dudleya edulis)  in rock - grid24_6
Dudleya edulis, San Diego Dudleya on the steep slopes of Murrieta Creek and Temecula Creek,
Dudleya pulverulenta, Chalk Liveforever with developing flower spikes, no flowers yet - grid24_6
Dudleya pulverulenta, Chalk Liveforever weed free rocky outcrops.
Heleocharis montevidensis - grid24_6
Heleocharis montevidensis in the Temecula River.
Leymus triticoides - creeping wild rye, Valley Wild rye, alkali rye west of Mckittrick - grid24_6
Elymus triticoides, Alkali Rye in seasonally wet spots.
Acton Encelia, Mountain Bush Sunflower, Encelia actoni  - grid24_6
Encelia actoni, Mountain bush sunflower occurs on higher spots east of Temecula and Murrieta .
Encelia californica - California encelia, California brittlebush, bush sunflower  - grid24_6
Encelia californica, Coast Sunflower occurs west of Temecula and Murrieta
encelia-farinosa-variations - grid24_6
Encelia farinosa, Incienso occurs east of Temecula and Murrieta .
Eriophyllum confertiflorum, Golden Yarrow, is shown here in full flower in a sunny open area of the California chaparral. - grid24_6
Eriophyllum confertiflorum, Golden Yarrow grows in weed free areas through the area.
Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia flowers - grid24_6
Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia, Spotted hideseed occurs in weed free native areas.
Forestiera neomexicana, Desert Olive, is growing here in a moist swale in overgrazed rangeland in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. - grid24_6
Forestiera neomexicana, Desert Olive grows in Temecula Canyon.
Frankenia grandiflora, Alkali Heath - grid24_6
Frankenia grandiflora, Alkali Heath occurs along Murrieta Creek
Helianthemum scoparium Sun Rose - grid24_6
Helianthemum scoparium, Sun Rose gows in weed free native soils.
Christmas berry or Toyon with berries is what Hollywood was named after. Toyon will grow in most of Los Angeles with no water after first year. - grid24_6
Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon used to grow west of Temecula and Murrieta and in seasonally washes.
There are some pretty native plants growing in Southern California. - grid24_6
Keckiella cordifolia, Heart Leaved Penstemon along the north slopes of Temecula Canyon.
Field lupines and Goldfieilds are common wildflowers in the central oak woodland. These little annuals act to hold the system together until the shrubs and trees can file in. They are the first level of section. - grid24_12
Lasthenia californica, Goldfields grows is open native fields.
 	Lupinus hirsutissimus, Hairy or Stinging Lupine - grid24_6
Lupinus hirsutissimus
Mournful Duskywing butterfly on Monardella lanceolata - grid24_12
Monardella lanceolata
Phacelia distans becomes whitish inland. - grid24_12
Phacelia distans