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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  • Workshop: Backpacking 201
    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    07-13-2017

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

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

    This is an opportunity to meet hikers who have spent time on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail).

    Join backpackers Bill and Diana Waycott, Jacqui Stone, and Timothy Kershaw of the Sierra Club and the California Native Plant Society for this workshop. They will bring their equipment to illustrate what essentials are needed for a backpacking trip, how to lighten one’s load before you get out on the trip, and discuss an assortment of food options to consider.

    Meet at the SLO Vet’s Hall, 801 Grand Ave. Bring questions and equipment, if you think it needs a critique.

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

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  • Growing Grounds Farm Plant Sale
    11:00 am-4:00 pm
    07-18-2017

    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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  • Workshop: Survey of a Rare Plant Habitat
    8:30 am-11:30 am
    07-22-2017

    Corner of Highland Drive and Broderson, Los Osos

    Corner of Highland Drive and Broderson, Los Osos

    If you have an interest in collecting data at a rare plant habitat site, please join plant biologists Melissa Mooney and Bill Waycott for this workshop.

    San Luis Obispo County is home to many rare plant habitats, most of which have not been surveyed in many years. We will work in teams to identify and record the dominant plant species within a 60-foot radius from a predetermined GPS point. We plan to survey other rare plant habitats in the county over the next two years. This data will be forwarded to the state office for inclusion in the Manual of California Vegetation.

    Please meet at the corner of Highland Drive and Broderson Ave. in Los Osos. Bring a clipboard, sharpened pencil with a good eraser, a phone or device that reads GPS locations (if available), along with a hat, water, and snacks.

    For more information, contact Melissa at (805) 459-8099, mjmoon@charter.net.

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