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.

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Invasive Species: Narrow leaf iceplant

Invasive Species: Narrow leaf iceplant

INVASIVE SPECIES REPORT by Mark Skinner | Conicosia pugioniformis Narrow leaf iceplant. Conicosia is in the Aizoaceae family. It is a succulent perennial with a crowded basal rosette of smooth, bright green, upright, linear leaves. Clustered with the leaves are stems with brilliant yellow flowers.

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Exotic Species on the Central Coast

As someone who frequently hikes in our California landscape, I often ponder over the abundance and diversity of exotic species that have naturalized here, and how that came to pass, specifically during the past two centuries. This is

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Into the Fall season

With the Fall season almost upon us it’s time to start planning on preparation for the Winter season. The most important item on the list is weed control. By applying mulch now you will save lot of labor in the future (next Spring & Summer).

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Conservation blog October 2018

We are still awaiting the Draft EIR for the Froom Ranch development at Highway 101 and Los Osos Valley Road. We are also watching very carefully the Trump Administration orders to BLM to examine the oil leasing potential of all of its

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Many visitors to the Carrizo Plain in 2018 were expecting to see the showy displays of wildflowers that earned the area the “Superbloom” designation in 2017…but they came away disappointed. So where did all the wildflowers go?

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2018 Native Plant Sale

2018 Native Plant Sale

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9am-2pm, Please join us at Pacific Beach High School, 11950 Los Osos Valley Road SLO (at the Target intersection)

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Why Grow Natives from Seeds?

by Marti Rutherford. You have probably wandered the nursery isles looking for the ever more popular native plants being sold. Do you ever consider how those plants have been propagated? Many, if not most, native plants in the nursery trade are propagated by cuttings. The nursery person knows what the plant will look like and behave like

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  • March Chapter Meeting – Atascadero
    6:00 pm-9:00 pm
    03-02-2017

    6901 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA

    6901 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA

    Atascadero Library – CHAPTER MEETING March 2, 2017- Thursday 7pm OAK WORKSHOP – 6pm Atascadero Library

    Richard Standiford

    Richard is responsible for developing a program focused on sound management of California’s forests, rangelands, and other natural resources utilizing education, outreach, research, and a broad spectrum of working relationships. He provides leadership to county Cooperative Extension programs in development of forestry programs and conservation of oak woodlands. The clientele includes professional foresters and natural resource managers, forest and rangeland organizations, owners and managers, policy makers, and individuals concerned with natural resource management.

    THIS IS OUR ANNUAL NORTH COUNTY MEETING

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  • Late Winter BMC Chaparral CNPS Fieldtrip at the La Purisima Mission
    All day
    03-04-2017

    2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA

    2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA

    Saturday 4 March 2017 9 am

    Late Winter BMC Chaparral CNPS Fieldtrip at the La Purisima Mission

    The California Native Plant Society (CNPS)/ Lompoc Valley Botanic and Horticultural Society (LVBHS) will hold their annual winter fieldtrip to the Burton Mesa Chaparral (BMC) on t he La Purisima Mission grounds Saturday the 4th.

    Meet at the east end of Burton Mesa Blvd.(1550 E) in Mission Hills at 9 AM for a chance to see the early bloomers and interesting scenery.

    To reach Burton Mesa Blvd., Get to SR 1 north of Lompoc. At the signal where SR 1 turns down hill towards Lompoc, take Harris Grade Rd. north to Burton Mesa Blvd., and turn right (east). For more information call Charlie Blair at 733-3189.

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  • Reservoir Canyon Wildflower Hike
    1:00 pm-5:00 pm
    03-19-2017

    Reservoir Canyon Trail, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    Reservoir Canyon Trail, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1:00 pm

    Reservoir Canyon Wildflower Hike with Jenn Yost and Matt Ritter of Cal Poly

    Come explore the hills of Reservoir canyon on the strenuous loop hike to the summit and along this ridge of serpentine derived soils. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, layered clothing for warmth as needed, hiking poles if desired, and the desire to learn new things with great views of the Morros, SLO, and the surrounding valleys. This hike may be strenuous for those who do not regularly walk for exercise.  Total length: 5.2 miles, total elevation gain 1,000 ft.

    Meet at the Reservoir Canyon Trailhead off Highway 101. Call (805) 781-7302 for more information.

    This field trip is sponsored by the City of SLO Ranger Service

  • Reservoir Canyon Wildflower Hike
    1:00 pm-4:00 pm
    03-19-2017

    Sunday, March 19, 2107, 1:00 pm Reservoir Canyon Wildflower Hike

    Meet Matt Ritter to explore the hills of Reservoir Canyon on this uphill climb to the summit and then, along the ridge, returning back to the trailhead via a second trail.  Come with the desire to learn new things, and to see great views of the Morros, SLO, and the surrounding valleys.  

    Meet at the Reservoir Canyon Trailhead off Highway 101.  Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, bring sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, as needed.

    For more information contact: SLO City Dept. of Parks and Recreation; (805) 781-7302.  Sponsored by the City of SLO Ranger Service.

  • Collecting and Preserving Plant Specimens in the Herbarium
    2:00 pm
    03-19-2017

    3346 Constellation Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA

    3346 Constellation Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA

    Sunday March 19, 2017 2-4 PM LVBHS Program at Valley of the Flowers UCC Church

    The Importance of Collecting and Preserving Plant Specimens in the Herbarium

    Please bring in a plant or flower that has a special meaning or even just tell us about such a plant or flower. The public is invited at no charge.

    The Church is at the corner of Constellation Rd and Jupiter St. (3346 Constellation Rd) For details, contact Charlie Blair 733-3189.

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  • Coreopsis Hill
    All day
    03-26-2017

    2821 Oso Flaco Lake Rd, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420, USA

    2821 Oso Flaco Lake Rd, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420, USA

    Sunday, March 26, 2017, 8:45 am,  Coreopsis Hill (in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes) 

    This is a casual walk through the dunes to the top of Coreopsis Hill (one of the northern most populations of this amazing plant, Leptosyne gigantea). This is a moderate hike, about 3 hours round-trip. Dress in layers, bring water and snacks, and have your “Dune Mother’s Wildflower Guide” (copies will be for sale at the beginning of the walk). Long pants and closed shoes are recommended as the habitat is coastal dune scrub and there is the possibility of poison oak and ticks in the natural dune.

    To reach the trailhead, turn west on Oso Flaco Lake Road, off of Hwy 1 and proceed west 2.5 miles to Beigle Road.  Look for a 6’ tall wire mesh fence and steel gate for parking.  Once you arrive, someone will direct you to parking.

    For more information call Lauren Brown at (805) 570-7993. Heavy rain cancels this trip (light rain, bring appropriate clothing).

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