The Q&A Archives: California Native Plants

Question: I am part of a Neighborhood group and one of our projects is to revitalize a walkway between our street and the neighboring park. We would like to use California Native Plants that require no irrigation and are not too costly. Thank you.

Answer: Most California native plants will grow well with little care or irrigation because they have adapted to the growing conditions in the wild. However, in order to get your new plants off to a good start, you will need to water them until the roots become established. Sometimes, if you plant in late winter, spring rains will help them establish. But, to be on the safe side, you might want to water on a weekly basis until you see new growth from your plants. Here are several suggestions for the planting bed:

Achillea cerise queen
Achillea paprika
Achillea salmon beauty
Achillea the beacon
Antirrhinum multiflorum (Sticky Snapdragon)
Aquilegia formosa (Crimson Columbine)
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn (Vine Hill Manzanita)
Asclepias californica (California Milkweed)
Asclepias cordifolia (Purple Milkweed
Asclepias fascicularis (Narrow Leafed Milkweed, Mexican Whorled Milkweed)
Asclepias linaria (Butterfly Weed)
Asclepias speciosa (Showy Milkweed)
Armeria maritima (Thrift or Sea Pink)
Beloperone californica (Chuparosa)
Bloomeria crocea (Goldenstar)
Caesalpinia gilliesii (Native Bird of Paradise)
Calochortus albus (Fairy Lily)
Calochortus catalinae (Catalina Mariposa Lily)
Calycanthus occidentalis (Spice Bush Campanula rotundifolia)
Carpenteria californica (California Anemone
Clarkia deflexa (Punch Bowl Godetia, Botta's Fairy Fan)
Clarkia purpurea quadrivulnera (Four Spot)
Clarkia purpurea purpurea (Farewell to Spring)
Clarkia unguiculata (Woodland Clarkia)
Clematis ligusticifolia (Creek Clematis)
Collinsia heterophylla (Chinese Houses)
Dodecatheon clevelandii (Padre's Shooting Star)
Dendromecon rigida (Bush Poppy)
Dicentra chrysantha (Golden Teardrops)
Dicentra formosa (Bleeding Heart)
Erigeron karvinskianus (Santa Barbara Daisy, Mexican Daisy)
Erigeron 'wayne roderick' (Seaside Daisy)
Eriogonum crocatum (Conejo Buckwheat, Saffron Buckwheat)
Eriogonum incanum (Frosted Buckwheat)
Eriophyllum confertiflorum (Golden Yarrow)
Eschscholzia caespitosa (Tufted Eschscholzia)
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy
Fremontodendron californicum (Flannel Bush or Fremontea)
Fritillaria biflora (Chocolate Lily)
Galvezia speciosa (Island Snapdragon
Garrya eliptica 'James Roof' (Coast Tassel Bush)
Heucherella 'Bridget Bloom'
Heuchera 'firefly' (Coral Bells)
Heuchera 'Santa Ana Cardinal'
Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon)
Iris pacific coast hybrids (Douglas' Iris Hybrids )
Justicia californica (Chuparosa)
Keckiella cordifolia (Bush Penstemon)
Lavatera assurgentifolia (Tree Mallow)
Lavatera purisima (Island Mallow)
Leptodactylon californicum (Prickley Phlox)
Lupinus succulentus (Succulent Lupine)
Lupinus microcarpus densiflorus (Chick Lupine)
Mentzelia laevicaulis (Blazing Star)
Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower)
Mimulus cardinalis (Cardinal Monkey Flower)
Mimulus 'midnight'
Pedicularis groenlandica (Elephant's Head)
Paeonia californica (California Peony)
Phacelia grandiflora (Giant Flowered Phacelia)
Prunella vulgaris (Heal All)
Prunella vulgaris lanceolata (Heal All)
Rhamnus californicus 'Eve Case' (Coffee Berry)
Rhus integrifolia (Lemonade Berry)
Rhus ovata (Sugar Bush)
Ribes speciosa (Fuchsia Flowered Currant)
Romneya coulteri (Matilija Poppy)
Salvia apiana (White Sage)
Salvia clevelandii (Cleveland Sage, Fragrant Sage)
Salvia columbariae (Chia)
Salvia carduacea (Thistle Sage)
Salvia dorrii (dorrii)
Salvia mellifera (Black Sage)
Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage)
Salvia tera seca (Dwarf Black Sage)
Sambucus mexicana (Mexican Elderberry)
Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue Eyed Grass)
Smilacina racemosa (False Solomon's Seal)
Trichostema lanata (Wooly Blue Curls)
Triphysaria eriantha (Yellow Owls Clover)
Triteleia laxa (Ithuriel's Spear)
Triteleia ixioides ssp. anilina (Pretty Face)
Typha domingensis (Southern Cattail)
Venegasia carpesioides (Canyon Sunflower)
Yucca whipplei (Our Lord's Candle)
Zauschneria californica (Epilobium)

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