Dedicated to the preservation of California's native plants

The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.



2016 Native Plant Sale

VOLUNTEER Saturday, November 5, 2016 9am-2pm Please join us at Pacific Beach High School 11950 Los Osos Valley Road SLO (at the Target intersection) Fall is the perfect time of year to plant natives Talk with members of the California Native Plant Society about your...

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October Seed Exchange

A seed exchange is planned for the time slot from 6:00 to 7:15 before the October meeting. If you have been hard at work collecting this spring and summer, the time is almost here to part with those seeds. If you are interested in growing from seed, here is your...

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Solidago califonica

California Goldenrod (Solidago velutina ssp. califonica or S. californica) The photo by Dr. David Chipping that accompanies this note are of the California goldenrod (Solidago velutina ssp. californica or Solidago californica). According to Dr. Hoover in his Vascular...

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August in the Sierra Nevadas

Diana and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Sierra Nevada Mts. in mid-August this year. We chose to backpack to the lakes and peaks accessible from the Lake Sabrina trailhead, west of Bishop, CA. I thought it would be a good idea to present some photos of our trek,...

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The many ways to sign up to help with our Plant Sale

  1. Print out this slip and mail it via the post office, email it, or hand it to either Suzette or John at our October 6 meeting
  2. Call 805-674-2034 to volunteer or ask questions. Just indicate hours that you can help.
  3. Fill out this online form, which will auto-magically be emailed directly to John

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What hours are you available?
 7-8am 8-9am 9-10am 10-11am 11-12pm 12-1pm 1-2pm

Do you have a preference in assignment? check all that apply
 Help as needed Set up tables Hang Signs Sell seeds Cashier Unload & set up plants Sit at sales table Sell plants Load customersʼ plants Sell books & posters

Anything else I should know?

  • Black -tailed deer copyright Marlin Harms
    Gardening in deer-prone areas
  • manzanita c Marlin Harms
    California Native Plants for Your Garden
  • By Andy Murray (New Zealand honey bee on clover) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
    Honeybees and Native Plants
  • submit your photo
    Opening the World through Journaling
  • copyright marlin harms
    Native Plants with Fragrance
  • mountain bluebird c Marlin Harms
    California Native Plants that Attract Birds
  • California Wildflower
    Layia platyglossa
  • Schoenoplectus californicus
  • Wild and Domesticated Oats (Avena spp.)
    Avena fatua & A. barbata
  • Stachys bullata
  • Atriplex watsonii
  • Beach sun cups illustration
    Camissonia cheiranthifolia
  • Monolopia lanceolata
  • Ice Plant illustration, copyright Bonnie Walters
    Carpobrotus chilensis and C. edulis
  • Penstemon heterophylla
  • Urtica dioica
  • Ramalina menziesii
  • Umbellularia californica
    Umbellularia californica
  • California Polypody illustration by Bonnie Walter
    Polypodium californicum
  • Quercus douglasii
  • Amanita phalloides
  • Asparagus asparagoides illustration by Bonnie Walters
    Asparagus asparagoides
  • Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum)
    Fremontodendron californicum
  • Calystegia macrostegia
  • Silene laciniata
  • Bush Poppy (Dendromecon rigida)
    Dendromecon rigida
  • Bermuda grass
    Cynodon dactylon
  • Arctostaphylos - manzanita
    Mystery Manzanita in the Elfin Forest
  • vernal pools illustration
    Vernal Pool with Downingia
  • Filaree illustration
    Erodium moschatum
  • Valley Oak Snag
  • Calandrinia ciliata
  • spear orache
    Atriplex patula
  • creek dogwood
    Cornus sericea
  • Oval Leaved Snapdragon (Antirrhinum ovatum)
    Antirrhinum ovatum
  • Kellogg Oak
    Quercus Kelloggii
  • Cucurbita palmata
    Cucurbita palmata
  • Oenothera deltoides
    Oenothera deltoides
  • Solidago califonica