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drewusername
Nov 6, 2017 5:00 PM CST
My mother's brother recently passed away. Although my family is from Wisconsin, my uncle lived out in California. My mother has several peace lilies and ferns from past funerals that she cares for indoors. I was wondering if there would be a good houseplant you could recommend that is native to California or the southwestern US?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 6, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Welcome!

Your Peace Lilies are not native to California but are native to the Americas - just more tropical parts. The ferns, depending upon what they are, may be natives.

The only thoughts I have for California natives that would make good house plants are Maidenhair fern (Adiantum jordanii) and 5-Finger Fern (Adiantum aleuticum). There are also a lot of native cactus and succulents.

I'm sure there are more.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 7, 2017 1:41 PM CST
Houseplants are normally kept indoors year round and protected from any cold temps. That means most of them are native to tropical regions where it is warm year round. I'm not sure I understand your interest in a plant that is native to California unless your mother is planning on keeping it outside year round. Please clarify.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 8, 2017 11:10 AM CST
Neither of the ferns I mentioned would live outside in Wisconsin.
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WI - Wisconsin
drewusername
Nov 9, 2017 8:21 AM CST
Sorry for the confusion. I guess my question is, are there any good houseplants that are native to California or the southwestern United States? It sounds like most houseplants come from tropical regions though, so I'm not sure if any exist.

My mother has taken care of plants she's received from other funerals for years. Ideally, I was hoping to find a houseplant native to California to give to my mother as a gentle reminder of her brother who spent so much time there. The plant would live indoors, not outdoors.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 9, 2017 11:46 AM CST
I mentioned two.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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