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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Event Calendar

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  • Developing a Web-based Tree Identification Key
    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    06-01-2017

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

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

    JUNE 1 IS OUR LAST MEETING TILL FALL

    Developing a Web-based Tree Identification Key

    The June speaker will be our McLeod scholarship grad student awardee, Kyle Nessen. Kyle’s project is in collaboration with CalFire to create a photographic key to tree identification on the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute website.

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  • Spring Garden Tour & Plant Exchange with Expo
    11:00 am-2:00 pm
    06-03-2017

    993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433, USA

    993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433, USA

    Spring Garden Tour & Plant Exchange with Expo

    June 3, 2017

    Ramona Garden Park Center
    993 Ramona Avenue, Grover Beach
    Self-Guided Garden Tour from 1:00-4:00

    The Plant Exchange is an opportunity for people to bring plants from their gardens and swap them out for something new from someone else’s garden, and we would love to have you participate with that as well. We have some people that bring several plants and others that bring just one, and the City usually contributes some plants as well as small containers and soil for re-potting.

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    CNPS will host a booth at this event. If you would like participation and talk California native plants in the garden please contact Mardi Niles at mlniles@sbcglobal.net.

    If you have California native plants that you would like to donate to the exchange please come and bring your plants.

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  • Growing Grounds Farm Plant Sale
    11:00 am-4:00 pm
    06-20-2017

    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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