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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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  • A Photographic Journey of California Lupines with Stuart Wilson
    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    05-04-2017

    801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    CHAPTER MEETING MAY 4TH IS OUR NEXT MEETING

    A Photographic Journey of California Lupines

    Stuart Wilson has long held a love and fascination of the genus Lupinus. After many springs spent photographing our local species, he decided to embark on a project to photograph every species and variety (104) found in California. Traveling throughout the state in 2015 and 2016, he has reached his goal (with a few noteworthy exceptions). He will give an overview of the great variety of forms found in the genus with tips on identification.

    Stuart Wilson has been interested in photography since high school. After college in Orlando, Florida, he moved to Santa Barbara to study at Brooks Institute. He has traveled extensively in pursuit of nature subjects such as insects, amphibians and reptiles, and other small animals. He markets his photography through Science Source, a stock agency based in New York. He produced most of the photographs for Joan Lentz’s book. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region. He is a past president of Channel City Camera Club in Santa Barbara. Visit Stuart’s website to get a taste of the beautiful photographs featured in his talk.

    LUPINE WORKSHOP ADDED PRIOR TO MEETING – COME AT 6PM TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP

    The CNPS monthly meeting Thursday, May 4 at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall will kick off with a workshop from 6:10 to 7:00 pm on lupine identification led by Dr. Dave Keil.

    Our county is home to a diversity of Lupinus species, two of which grow nowhere else.  Dave will give a quick intro to lupine features, and participants will then have the opportunity to try out the draft treatment on Lupinus from the nearly completed second edition of The Vascular Plants of San Luis Obispo County, California.  Bring your hand lenses!


    June is bringing a crammed-full sales table to the May meeting. Think of all those birthday gifts you have to buy, all your ugly T-shirts that need replacing, the thank-you gift to your maiden aunt, and the financial support you wish to give CNPS.

    NEW ITEM JUST IN TIME FOR SUPERBLOOM. As well as the downloadable version, we have a CD with two versions of the program available at the sales table

     


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  • Indian Knob on the Guidetti Ranch
    9:00 am-2:00 pm
    05-13-2017

    268-366 Indian Knob Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    268-366 Indian Knob Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    Guidetti Ranch

    Saturday, May 13, 9:00 am, Indian Knob on the Guidetti Ranch with ECOSLO

    Hike with a docent from the SLO Stewards Program to Indian Knob at Guidetti Ranch in the hills just south of the city of San Luis Obispo. This is a hike is one that can only be done with a docent since it is a private ranch under a conservation easement, and we only do it three or four times a year. Hopefully during the hike, we will see the two endemic flowers which the ranch has on it – the Indian Knob Mountain Balm and the Pismo Clarkia.

    We will meet at 9:00 A.M. to carpool to the ranch, since there is not very much parking at the entrance to the ranch. This is a moderately strenuous hike, is approximately eight miles with an approximate 600 feet gain in elevation. The last half mile or so to Indian Knob the trail is very overgrown, so be prepared for some bushwacking. Since all of the hikers are required to stay with the docent, you will not be able to turn back whenever you want, so you must be prepared to hike the full eight miles.

    Bring water, sunscreen, and a lunch with you; wear sturdy shoes; and be prepared to get back to our cars about 2:00. Also, since this is on private property, no dogs are allowed.

    Only 20 people are allowed on this hike, so you must email Carolyn Huddleston, who is a volunteer with ECOSLO (the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo) to reserve a spot; her email is carolyn.j.huddleston@gmail.com. If you are unable to go with us this time, you can email Carolyn and get your name put on the notification list for the next hike at the Guidetti Ranch, and she will email you the next time one is planned.

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  • Arroyo de la Cruz & North County Bluffs
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    05-14-2017

    2650 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442, USA

    2650 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442, USA

    Arroyo de la Cruz beach

    Sunday, May 14th, 9:00 am, Arroyo de la Cruz, North SLO County.

    Join us for this Mother’s Day visit to one of the “hottest” spots for botanical diversity in San Luis Obispo county. Our leader D.R. “Doc” Miller will take us to see the unique species located on these coastal bluffs. The Arroyo de la Cruz area features a variety of plant communities and a number of endemic and rare plants found only in this relatively small area.

    Meet at the Elephant Seal Overlook (first entrance on the left going north) at 9:00 am. The field trip will last roughly 3 hours.  Be sure to bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing, as needed.

    For those wanting to carpool from the south, meet in the parking lot of Spencer’s Market in Morro Bay (2650 Main Street) at 8:30 am.

    For more information, please contact: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

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  • Growing Grounds Farm Plant Sale
    11:00 am-4:00 pm
    05-16-2017

    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

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