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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Hoover Award Honoree Marti Rutherford

Hoover Award Honoree Marti Rutherford

The Hoover Committee selected Marti Rutherford as the 2017 Honoree for the significant contributions she has made to our chapter. She has volunteered in many ways to promote the education and conservation of native flora in our county. Marti is an observant person...

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SLO Chapter Sends Students to Conference

SLO Chapter Sends Students to Conference

President Bill Waycott with students funded by SLO Chapter to attend the 2018 CNPS Conservation in Los Angeles. Left to Right: Paul  Excoffier, Bill, Molly Vanderlip, Nora Bales. Not shown in photo is student recipient Annaliese Ayers. Annaliese was recognized at the...

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President’s Notes March 2018

President’s Notes March 2018

While volunteering a few weeks ago in the CNPS co-sponsored San Luis Creek restoration project with the City of San Luis Obispo, several of us were removing weeds and planting natives along both sides of the creek in front of the Old Mission Church. This project is...

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Viola pedunculata (Johnny-jump-up)

Viola pedunculata (Johnny-jump-up)

Wild (California, yellow, or grass) violet, pansy or Johnny –jump-up This botanical illustration was created by Mardi Niles using a Micron 005 #1 Archival Ink pen and Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils on Bristol Regular paper. It will be the first of several...

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Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon)

Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon)

What native plant has more name recognition than Heteromeles arbutifolia, or some times, commonly known as Christmas Berry and California Holly. It is the sole species in the genus Heteromeles. Back in the 1920’s, people in southern California were drawn to the plant...

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Invasive Species: Brassica tournefortii (Saharan mustard)

Invasive Species: Brassica tournefortii (Saharan mustard)

Brassica tournefortii is in the Mustard family. It is native to the desert areas of the Mediterranean region of Europe. It has expanded its distribution in the sandy soils of Los Osos, most probably spread during the sewer project, and can rapidly overtake other...

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Event Calendar

< 2017 >
April 17 - April 23
  • 17
    No events
  • 18

    Growing Grounds Farm Plant Sale

    11:00 am-4:00 pm
    3740 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA
    3740 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    Growing Grounds Farm is a non-profit wholesale nursery located in San Luis Obispo. Growing Grounds offers California natives, Mediterranean perennials, succulents, restoration and mitigation plants, a wide variety of grasses, and a selection of perennial herbs.

    Growing Grounds Farm is a wholesale nursery and does not sell directly to the public except on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m

  • 19
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  • 20

    Workshop: Identifying Invasive Oak Pests and Diseases in San Luis Obispo County

    1:00 pm-5:00 pm
    6901 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA
    6901 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA
    April 20, 2017 @ Atascadero Library 6555 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422
    **FREE Workshop & DPR CEU’s are applied for**
    1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Check-In
    1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Welcome and Introductions Lauren Brown, California Native Plant Society, San Luis Obispo County
    1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Goldspotted Oak Borer: Life Cycle, Identification and Management Speaker: Kevin Turner and Kim Corella, Cal Fire
    2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Identification, Impact and Management of Shot Hole Borer Speaker: Akif Eskalen, University of California, Riverside
    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
    3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Sudden Oak Death: Identification and Management Speaker: Kerri Frangioso, University of California, Davis
    4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Questions for speakers
  • 21

    Atascadero Lake Native Garden Ribbon Cutting

    3:30 pm-6:30 pm
    9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA
    9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Special Guest Speaker: Penny Nyunt, daughter of Bert Wilson, owner of Las Pilitas Nursery

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  • 22

    Atascadero Lake Native Garden Open House

    9:00 am-11:00 am
    9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA
    9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA

    Earth Day Fest at SLO Botanical Garden

    11:00 am-5:00 pm
    3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA
    3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA

    We hope to see you there

  • 23

    Nipomo Native Garden Spring Garden Tour

    1:00 pm-4:00 pm
    927-999 Osage St, Nipomo, CA 93444, USA
    927-999 Osage St, Nipomo, CA 93444, USA

    Nipomo Native Garden Spring Garden Tour offers a delightful afternoon of garden tours, talks, and a children’s program


    1:30 Controlling Gophers in the Garden – Gopher biology, habits, hearsay

    2:00 Using Drought Tolerant Native Plants in the Garden

    3:00 Controlling Gophers again – a popular subject

    Children’s Garden Program

    Puppet making: All the fixings available to make your own puppet

    Flower Pounding: Kids can make a lovely bookmark to take home

    Kids can also enjoy the regular activities available in the Children’s Garden:- the sandbox, the wishing tree, hopscotch, and looking for insects and other critters in the Bug House.


  • Black -tailed deer copyright Marlin Harms
    Gardening in deer-prone areas
  • By Andy Murray (New Zealand honey bee on clover) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
    Honeybees and Native Plants
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    Opening the World through Journaling
  • California native plant sources image
    Nurseries and Sources for Native Plants
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    Native Plants with Fragrance
  • mountain bluebird c Marlin Harms
    California Native Plants that Attract Birds
  • Plants that Attract Butterflies

Native Plants

  • cirsium occidentale var compacta
    Cirsium occidentale var. compactum
  • Erigeron glaucus
    Erigeron glaucus
  • Brodiaea terrestris c Marlin Harms
    Brodiaea terrestris
  • Bloomeria humilis
    Bloomeria humilis
  • Calystigia subacaulis var. episcopalis
    Calystigia subacaulis var. episcopalis
  • Senegalia greggii

Native Plants