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In a drought, go native with your installation

CA native plants | Pacific Nurseries

Bay Area Landscape Pros needs to address the rising effects of climate change, hotter, drier weather, and frequent drought by considering the use of CA native plants.

In a changing environment like this, project success and client satisfaction depend on effectively using life-giving water. As a result, CA native plants are a beautiful solution for this challenge.

Don’t just survive drought, thrive with CA native plants

California native plants are important because they’re water efficient and provide biological diversity for surrounding ecosystems. Using “California-friendly” plants is a best-practice that benefits both local habitat and area inhabitants—people and wildlife.

From ground covers and grasses to flowering shrubs and trees, native plants provide the benefits of lower water needs, reduced maintenance requirements, improved soil health, and increased diversity that attracts birds and butterflies. They also blend in naturally with surrounding landscapes and provide aesthetic beauty.

A gallery of beautiful + water-wise plants

For landscape professionals interested in implementing a native strategy for their clients and projects, we offer a gallery of the many native plant species that are beautiful, require little water, and improve virtually any landscape.

There is also a specimen detail list below the gallery that provides a summary of each plant’s characteristics and preferred location.

Ceanothus impressus

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CA Native  Common name | Santa Barbara Ceanothus
Ceanothus Impressus | Pacific Nurseries
Ceanothus impressus | Pacific Nurseries
A large shrub with a dense mass of dark wrinkled green leaves, covered with deep blue flower clusters in early spring, mostly March to April. Requires good drainage and infrequent to no summer watering, can be temperamental, preferring sun to partial sun exposure.

Eriophyllum confertiflorum

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CA Native  Common name | Golden Yarrow
Eriophyllum confertiflorum | Pacific Nurseries
Eriophyllum confertiflorum | Pacific Nurseries
An abundant perennial small shrub found naturally at the base of cliffs in rock crevasses, preferring sun exposure. Finely leafed foliage, green above and woolly below. Blossoms are clusters of yellow flowers, displayed from March to August, attractive to butterflies.

Penstemon centranthifolius

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CA Native  Common name | Scarlet Bugler
Penstemon centranthifolius | Pacific Nurseries
Penstemon centranthifolius | Pacific Nurseries
This penstemon has scarlet red blossoms with blue-gray foliage, a long bloom season, and is very drought tolerant. This plant prefers hot, dry summers and mild winters to perform well.

Muhlenbergia rigens

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CA Native  Common name | Deergrass
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Muhlenbergia rigens | Pacific Nurseries
Provides interesting texture contrast, with many erect narrow blades that fan out in vase-shaped foliage, in dense clumps. Stays evergreen without summer water.

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum

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CA Native  Common name | Pink-flowering Currant
Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum | Pacific Nurseries
Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum | Pacific Nurseries
A deciduous shrub, this plant has long, graceful pink flowers, 15–40 in a cluster. Blooms from January to March and produces blue blackberries. This is one of the most attractive native species in the Bay area. Will tolerate a range of soil conditions, and is moderately drought tolerant.

Mimulus aurantiacus

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CA Native  Common name | Sticky Monkey
Mimulus aurantiacus | Pacific Nurseries
Mimulus aurantiacus | Pacific Nurseries
This showy perennial has abundant apricot-colored blossoms that will attract hummingbirds. Occasional summer watering will extend the blooming season. It is also drought tolerant.

Epilobium canum

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CA Native  Common name | California Fuschia
Epilobium canum | Pacific Nurseries
Epilobium canum | Pacific Nurseries
Also referred to as Zauschneria californica, the abundant scarlet tubular flowers appear in the fall, looks best when trimmed after flowering or before new growth begins. Attractive to hummingbirds

Erigeron glaucus

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CA Native  Common name | Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus | Pacific Nurseries
Erigeron glaucus | Pacific Nurseries
Native to California, this ground cover forms clumps of stout stems topped by lavender flowers. Some summer irrigation is best. Tolerant of hot inland conditions.

Eschscholzia californica

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CA Native  Common name | California Poppy
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Eschscholzia californica | Pacific Nurseries
Native to California, this ground cover forms clumps of stout stems topped by lavender flowers. Some summer irrigation is best. Tolerant of hot inland conditions.

Fremontodendron californicum

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CA Native  Common name | California Flannelbush
Fremontodendron californicum | Pacific Nurseries
Fremontodendron californicum | Pacific Nurseries
Yellow flowers create an attractive display from May to June as flowers bloom all at once. Leathery leaves are dark green above, fuzzy beneath. This shrub needs good drainage, and hillside planting is the best with staking when young. Needs no dry-season watering.

Arctostaphylos glauca

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CA Native  Common name | Bigberry Manzanita
Arctostaphylos glauca | Pacific Nurseries
Arctostaphylos glauca | Pacific Nurseries
An excellent slope stabilizer, this shrub has large light pink blossoms in late winter to early spring and is accented by deep red twisted bark. Attractive berries follow.

Carpenteria californica

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CA Native  Common name | Bush Anemone
Carpenteria californica | Pacific Nurseries
Carpenteria californica | Pacific Nurseries
This California native shrub displays dark green foliage highlighted by 3” single-petaled fragrant white flowers with golden stamens.

Eriogonum fasciculatum

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CA Native  Common name | California Buckwheat
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Eriogonum fasciculatum | Pacific Nurseries
This native is an important honey plant, attractive to butterflies, and will help stabilize slopes. Forms hemispheres of growth, topped with pinkish-white blossoms in the summer that turn to rusty red in the fall.

Romneya coulteri

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CA Native  Common name | Matilija Poppy
Romneya coulteri | Pacific Nurseries
Romneya coulteri | Pacific Nurseries
An extremely hardy perennial that’s slow to start. Once established, produces amazing “fried egg” blossoms. Spreads by underground runners.

Steer your clients to water-wise, CA native plants

If you want to learn more about native plants, feel free to contact any of our experts at Pacific Nurseries.

As both a grower and a plant broker, we’re ready to work with you to provide just the right native plants and trees that will make your project a water-wise success. It’s one of the many qualities that make us different from just an ordinary nursery.

Contact us online or just give us a call at 650.755.2330. And if you need a plant material Estimate or would like to place an Order, just click on over to use our convenient ONLINE ESTIMATE | ORDER FORM.

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One Response

  1. We live in the foothills of the Corning-Red Bluff, Ca. area and we are water conservatives living on a well for the past twenty years. We have an acre with natural oaks (approx 50) of varying sizes. some eucalyptus trees and privets, we planted as saplings, growing along the perimeter fence line that surrounds our property. Unfortunately no colorful bushes or grasses to add some flair. I’m happy to come across your site and will put into my ‘favorites’. If you could suggest inexpensive plants for our area I’d appreciate it. I receive disability benefits each month so I’m always strapped for cash, however, I am determined to address this issue. Thanks for your site.

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