CNPS-SLO encourages the use of California Native plants in public and private gardens and landscapes, and offers information about how to plan, start, and maintain native plant gardens and landscapes that are both ecologically beneficial and personally enjoyable .

Please take the time to cruise though the articles and information in this section of our site. We hope you reach out to us if you have questions about topics not covered here.

Also, if you have expertise in native plant gardening and would like to contribute, we would love to hear from you!

Why Should I Incorporate Native Plants In My Own Garden?

In addition to their natural beauty, natives provide water-conserving, drought-tolerant and sustainable garden design choices. For more information about the benefits of incorporating native plants in your own garden, click here.

What are Native Plants and Why are They Important?

To learn more about the importance of native plant conservation, please click here.

NATIVE PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BIRDS | A very thorough list of native plants with the type of bird that each plant attracts, the part of the plant that is used and in which season. For example, if you wish to see Cedar Waxwings in your garden in the summer and fall, plant Washington Filifera (the birds feast on the date fruit) and Fraxinus species for the seeds produced in the fall.

FRAGRANT CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS FOR THE GARDEN | Gardening for fragrance opens up another dimension of gardening. You can be whisked back to another place and time or other remembrances by the fragrances given off by your plantings. Once you start noticing aromas, you will quickly come up with your own favorites. Since everyone’s sense of smell is different, fragrances are open to different interpretations.

NATIVE PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES | The most important plants for caterpillars are buckwheat, California lilac (Ceanothus), deerweed and milk vetch and lupines, mallows, oaks, rock cress and other mustards, and grasses. Unless you provide larval food plants in your garden or nearby, the number of adult butterflies will be limited. The butterflies of San Luis Obispo County are listed, with the host/food plant of the caterpillar. In most cases the food (nectar plant) of the adult butterfly is also given.

Three Native Garden lists

North County Plant List | PDF Templeton Residence on Jack Creek Plant List

A List of California Native Plants and Their Garden Needs |  PDF list updated, updated 2015 by  Marti Rutherford

Atascadero Native Garden | PDF listing of the natives in this San Jacinto Avenue, Atascadero garden

Atascadero Native Garden | PDF Listing of the natives in this Dolores Avenue, Atascadero garden

 

 

Seed Collection and Saving for the Casual Gardener

This document talks about why and when to collect native plant seeds and offers tips for collecting and storing seeds. By Marti Rutherford, CNPS-SLO, April 2016

 

How to Handle Deer Problems in Your Garden

This article helps you determine if you have a low, moderate, or high level of “browse” and suggests the appropriate methods for combating your problem. Also included is a  brief list of plants that have shown some success in deer-prone areas.

 

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  • 01

    8:30 am-12:00 pm
    06-01-2019
    Coon Creek trailhead and parking lot
    Pecho Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA 93402, USA

    Saturday, June 1st, 8:30 am, Point Buchon and Bishop Pine Ridge, Montaña de Oro State Park

    This field trip is guided by PG&E botanist, Kelly Kephart, and will give us access to the ridge south of Coon Creek. The hike is 3.0 miles round trip with an 800 ft. elevation gain.

    Meet at the Coon Creek trail parking lot at the southern end of Montaña de Oro SP. Bring a photo ID, as each hiker will need to register themselves at the PG&E kiosk when entering this area.

    We will walk up the ridge road, where we will see the bishop pine forest, as well as coastal scrub and chaparral habitats. In addition to Bishop Pine, Pinus muricata, we will see the Pecho manzanita, Arctostaphylos pechoensis, a CA Rare Plant Rank 1B.2.

    Bring adequate water, snacks, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised.

    For info, contact Bill, 805-459-2103.  No dogs please.

  • 06

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    06-06-2019
    SLO Vets Hall
    801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

     

    CHAPTER MEETING June 6th 2019 – Thursday – 7:00 pm
    7:00 social, 7:30 program
    Veteran’s Hall, Grand Avenue at Monterey, San Luis Obispo

    Reed Kenny, MS Candidate, Cal Poly, CNPS McLeod Scholar, Floristic Survey of Halter Ranch, San Luis Obispo County,
    California

    Halter Ranch, a portion of which is a working winery, is approximately 2,000 acres in size and has areas of intact oak woodland, grassland and manzanita chaparral. Located in northern SLO County near Adelaida, it includes portions of the historic MacGillivary Ranch, which hasn’t been surveyed by botanists since 1984, and additional areas that may not have been surveyed at all. This talk will summarize the results of this season’s field surveys.

    With Dr.’s Matt Ritter and Dave Keil, Cal Poly.

    Paul Excoffier, MS Candidate, Cal Poly, CNPS McLeod Scholar, Climate Change and San Joaquin Woollythreads (Monolopia congdonii)

    San Joaquin woollythreads, Federally-listed as Endangered, was historically found throughout the rain shadow of the southern Coast Ranges. However, the current range of M. congdonii has been greatly reduced by habitat loss. Current conservation strategies for M. congdonii focus on conserving extant populations and re-establishing populations within its historic range. However, climate change represents a key unknown in determining if these strategies will be successful. This talk will discuss work in progress on testing the performance of M. condonii and other winter annual species under simulated future climates and investigation of its seed longevity.

    With Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna, Cal Poly, and Ryan O’Dell, Bureau of Land Management.

  • 15

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    06-15-2019

     

    Saturday, June 15th, 9:00 am, Arroyo de la Cruz, North SLO County

    This field trip visits one of the “hottest” spots for botanical diversity in San Luis Obispo Co. Our leaders D.R. “Doc” Miller and Elizabeth Appel will lead us on a tour of several 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. For those wanting to carpool from the south, meet in the Santa Rosa Park parking lot in San Luis Obispo at 8:00 am.

    The field trip will last roughly 3 hours.  Bring adequate water, snacks, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised.

    For more information, contact: Bill 805-459-2103.  No dogs please.