California Native Plant Retail Sources
for the greater Los Angeles area
- Theodore Payne Foundation, Sun Valley
- Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont
Check their website for their new nursery in Westwood!
- Tree of Life Nursery, San Juan Capistrano
Expanded retail hours, knowledgeable staff, great bookstore and large inventory make Tree of Life a destination for native plant lovers.
- Matilija Nursery, Moorpark
Limited retail hours, check website. Wonderful stock of native iris in many colors.
- Las Pilitas Nursery, Las Pilitas has nurseries in Santa Margarita & Escondido, but they provide mail order on their comprehensive website, which also has photos and information for 1000 California plants.
- Hunter’s Nursery, Big Bear: 42132 Fox Farm Rd., Big Bear, 909-866-2547
High altitude natives, small but important stock, some of which are from locally collected seed. See plant list below.
Resources for Xeriscape Tour Plant Sale at Hunter’s (pdf)
Hunters Native Plant List Xeriscape Tour 2012
Hunters Native Planting Instructions Xeriscape 2012
Additional Online Resources
- Calflora: What Grows Here?
Search tool tells what has been confirmed to be in an area. I particularly like the search by watershed feature.
- Las Pilitas: My Native Plants.com
Search tool returns a list of what will grow in a particular zipcode based on parameters you enter.
Where to Learn about California Native Plants and Ecosystems
- California Native Plant Society CNPS is the best source for information about native plants. It is a statewide organization with 33 local chapters. Local chapters have lectures, plant walks and plant sales, many of which are open to the public at no charge. The three chapters in Los Angeles County are the L.A.-Santa Monica Mountains Chapter, the South Coast Chapter and the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter.
- California Chaparral Institute Best source of information about the chaparral ecosystem, with possibly the most comprehensive information about chaparral and fire available.
- Hot Sunny Slopes and the Plants that Hold Them
Published in the CNPS E-News
Mulch Sources that Deliver
in no particular order and without endorsement, as service and quantity provision vary
- Soil and Sod Depot: Pacoima, 818-686-6445, 12437 Osborne St., Pacoima
Allows you to look at different mulches at yard.
- Foothill Soil: Sylmar, 661-254-0867
- Whittier Fertilizer: Whittier, 562-699-3461
- Calblend: Irwindale, 800-425-3631
- LGM brand Shredded Cedar Mulch
- LGM Cactus Mix is my favorite potting soil for our native plants because its base is part oak leaf mold and it is fast-drainng.
LGM products are produced by a local company (Rosemead) and are only available bagged at independent nurseries or delivered through your contractor or designer.Native Food Resources
- Native Seed SEARCH: This pioneering foundation offers heirloom dryland-adapted vegetable and grain seeds, as well as native foods such as mesquite flour.
- Acorn Process (pdf)
- Acorn Book List (pdf)
Water Saving Strategies Handout
- Handout (pdf) for my Green Native Gardens and Water! talk at the At Home with Natives 2012: Solutions for Nature Friendly Landscaping Symposium on 10/13/12 at Saddleback College. The document may be cryptic to those not present at the symposium. Find additional links here.