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.

Dedicated to the preservation of California's native plants

Fiscalini Ranch, January, 2019. Cambria, California. Marlin Harms.

Hypogymnia sp., Tube Lichen. Marlin Harms.

Phaeolus schweinitzii, Dyer’s Polypore.
Marlin Harms.

Mycena purpureofusca, Cone-dwelling Mycena. On cone of Monterey Pine, Pinus radiata. Marlin Harms.

Coastal Lichens on Rock–Caloplaca & Acarospora. 
Marlin Harms

Gymnopilus spectabilis, Laughing Gym, After Showers. Marlin Harms.

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The Garden Corner

most California native plants bloom in March and April. Then they will began a vegetative growth spurt that will end in early September after which they will go into a dormant period due to our Mediterranean climate.

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CNPS Education Program

CNPS Education Program

our chapter had the opportunity to work with Bev Gingg and Learning Among the Oaks, a program that has been working to introduce young children to the oak woodland community at the Santa Margarita Ranch, and, more recently, at the Pismo Preserve

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Mugwort

Mugwort

This plant was used for a variety of uses throughout California. The Chumash made a tea to put on poison oak to relieve the symptoms. They also made a felt cone from the dried leaves to burn on a patients skin to cauterize a wound.

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Seed Collection of Early Bloomers

Buttercup seeds are turning brown even as more buds open. Collecting will be an ongoing process which I can do easily since it is in my garden. This is just a reminder that seed season is upon us.

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  • December Chapter Meeting
    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    12-06-2018

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

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

    CHAPTER MEETING Dec. 6th  2018 – Thursday – 7:00 pm

    • Veterans Hall, Monterey and Grand, SLO
    • Mixer and Browse Sales Table 7:00 pm, Program 7:30 pm

    Program: Carrizo Ecological Reserves, George Butterworth

    George grew up in the Central Valley. Among his first memories were cattails and red-wing blackbirds, and crops and orchards. He spent 30 years in Southern California, graduating from UCSB in history. He taught tennis for many years. He came to the Carrizo Plain in 1993 and started collecting plants and enjoying the nature. When California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife acquired south Chimineas in 2001, he worked on the botany there as a volunteer. This led to his getting on the payroll. He continues to botanize both the Chimineas and Carrizo.Plain, and was a major force in producing the digital Plants of Carrizo Plain book. A great number of the photo illustrations are by George.

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  • Bill Deneen Memorial Hike
    All day
    12-08-2018

    Point Sal Rd, Guadalupe, CA 93434, USA

    Point Sal Rd, Guadalupe, CA 93434, USA

    Saturday, December 8th, 9:30 am, Bill Deneen Memorial Hike to Point Sal and Get-Together

    As a way to acknowledge the contributions of Bill Deneen and to remember him, we are planning a hike to his beloved Point Sal. We will hike to the ridge and then to the beach, though hikers can choose to go as far as they would like. The total hiking distance is up to 10 miles with more than 1,000 ft. elevation gain – so it is easy to strenuous, depending on the length chosen.

    After the hike, hikers and non-hikers alike will meet at La Simpatia Restaurant (827 Cabrillo Hwy, Guadalupe) at 2:00 pm, to eat, trade stories, and remembrances. Bring a story and any pictures or memorabilia you would like to share.

    Directions to Point Sal: from Hwy 101 exit Hwy 166 west towards Guadalupe. Turn left on Highway 1, then right on Brown Road. Continue on Brown Road until the gate. Park at the gate. Make sure to leave no valuables in your car, there have been break ins. Dress in layers, bring hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks. Contact Andrea 805-934-2792, or Carlos 805-546-0317, or Bill 805-459-2103. Rain cancels the hike, but not the get-together at 2:00 pm.

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Volunteer at the Hoover Herbarium

During the volunteer sessions at the Hoover Herbarium, people can take part in any number of activities.  One of our primary responsibilities is mounting new specimens.  This involves taking dried and pressed plants and glueing them to paper.  When we mount plants, we do it in such a way that those specimens will last for hundreds of years.  Each specimen is a physical record of what plants occurred where and when.  Without this valuable information we wouldn’t know when a species goes extinct, expands or contracts its range, or where species occur.  After mounting, the specimens are databased and geo-referenced.  Then they are filed into the main collection. We have over 80,000 specimens at the Hoover Herbarium.  We are also working on a SLO Voucher Collection, which will contain one representative specimen for each species in the county.  Volunteers look through our specimens and pick the one that should be added to the Voucher Collection.  Additionally, we are actively working on our moss and lichen collections.  Volunteers can choose what aspects of the work they would like to participate in.  Any and everyone is welcome. The Hoover Herbarium is located on the 3rd floor of the Fisher Science Building (33) in rooms 352 and 359.

Starting Sept 18th, the herbarium volunteers sessions will be Mondays from 3-5 pm and Fridays 9 – 1.
Parking permits are required on campus Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am through 10:00 pm; and Friday, 7:00 am through 5:00 pm. You can either buy a $6 day pass, a $4 3-hr pass, park in a metered space, ride the bus, or park off campus and walk in.  Questions: email Jenn Yost at jyost@calpoly.edu

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