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 plant species below that are beautiful, require little water, and are appropriate for virtually any Bay Area landscape.

We have also provided a summary of each plant’s characteristics and prominent features.
Ceanothus impressus
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CA Native  Common name | Santa Barbara Ceanothus
Ceanothus Impressus | Pacific Nurseries
Ceanothus impressus | Pacific Nurseries
As a large shrub with a dense mass of dark wrinkled green leaves, Ceanothus impresses is covered with deep blue flower clusters in early spring. It requires good drainage and infrequent to no summer watering. It 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
Eriophyllum confertiflorum is a small, perennial CA native shrub is found naturally at the base of cliffs in rock crevasses and it prefers sun exposure. With finely leafed foliage, green above and woolly below, it features blossom clusters of bright yellow flowers on display from March to August. It’s very attractive to butterflies and can be an excellent addition to a sunny Bay Area garden.
Penstemon centranthifolius
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CA Native  Common name | Scarlet Bugler
Penstemon centranthifolius | Pacific Nurseries
Penstemon centranthifolius | Pacific Nurseries
CA native Penstemon centranthifolius features striking scarlet red blossoms with contrasting blue-gray foliage. It has a long bloom season and is very drought tolerant. It prefers hot, dry summers and mild winters to perform well in the Bay Area. Humming birds just love this plant.
Muhlenbergia rigens
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CA Native  Common name | Deergrass
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Muhlenbergia rigens | Pacific Nurseries
As a hard-working CA native grass, Muhlenbergia rigens provides attractive textural contrast in a landscape with many erect narrow blades that fan out of the vase-shaped foliage in dense clumps. It’s one of the most beautiful and easiest to grow of all the native California bunchgrasses. It prefers sandy or gravelly soil but will perform well in almost any well-drained location.
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
As a deciduous shrub, the amazing Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum features many long, graceful pink flowers that grow in condensed clusters. It blooms magically from January to March and produces blue blackberries after flowering. This is one of the most attractive CA native species for Bay area gardens. It tolerates a range of soil conditions—including heavy clay—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
Mimulus aurantiacus is a showy perennial that features abundant apricot-colored blossoms from spring through summer. It is a sought-after plant for attracting hummingbirds and pollinators. It’s also drought tolerant but with occasional summer water, it will extend its’ long blooming season.
Epilobium canum
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CA Native  Common name | California Fuschia
Epilobium canum for fire-resistant landscape | Pacific Nurseries
Epilobium canum | Pacific Nurseries
Epilobium canum, also referred to as Zauschneria californica, features abundant scarlet tubular flowers that appear in the fall. It’s extremely attractive to hummingbirds and other pollinators. It is also very easy to grow and does best in full sun. After flowering or before new growth begins, it looks best when it is trimmed and the structural form is cleaned up for the next season.
Erigeron glaucus
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CA Native  Common name | Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus | Pacific Nurseries
Erigeron glaucus | Pacific Nurseries
Native to California, Erigeron glaucus is an easy to grow and drought-tolerant ground cover that forms clumps of stout stems topped by a profusion of lavender flowers. Some summer irrigation is best and it can also perform well in hot and dry inland conditions.
Eschscholzia californica
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CA Native  Common name | California Poppy
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Eschscholzia californica | Pacific Nurseries
As the official state flower of California, Eschscholzia californica thrives in grassy and open landscapes. With alternately branching waxy pale blue-green foliage, it flowers from February to September. It is tough, fast-growing, drought-tolerant, self-seeding, and easy to grow in the Bay Area. It prefers full sun and will tolerate some shade. It does well in fast-draining, sandy, and poor soils.
Fremontodendron californicum
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CA Native  Common name | California Flannelbush
Fremontodendron californicum | Pacific Nurseries
Fremontodendron californicum | Pacific Nurseries
The spectacular flowers on the hardy native Fremontodendron californicum bloom all at once. The result is an attractive display from May to June with dark green, leathery leaves above and fuzzy textures beneath. It needs good drainage and hillside planting is recommended with staking support for young plants. Best of all, it 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
Arctostaphylos glauca develops large light pink blossoms in late winter to early spring. It features striking, deep red twisted branches and bark. Attractive berries follow the seasonal bloom. And as this pervasive native plant grows, it can create a dramatic foilage statement in Bay Area gardens. It is also is an excellent slope stabilizer.
Carpenteria californica
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CA Native  Common name | Bush Anemone
Carpenteria californica | Pacific Nurseries
Carpenteria californica | Pacific Nurseries
Carpenteria californica is a beautiful California native shrub. It features dark green oblong leaves that highlight and contrast with the stunning 3” single-petaled fragrant white flowers with golden stamens. During the blooming time, this is one of the most attractive CA native plants that can be added to a Bay Area landscape. Occasional deep watering in summer time helps promote growth. But exercise restraint with water because too much moisture can kill this plant.
Eriogonum fasciculatum
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CA Native  Common name | California Buckwheat
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Eriogonum fasciculatum | Pacific Nurseries
Eriogonum fasciculatum is an important honey plant that is attractive to butterflies. It is also useful to help stabilize slopes and hillsides. It forms hemispheres of growth, topped with pinkish-white blossoms in the summer that turn to rusty red in the fall. It is easy to grow, even in very dry conditions. It does best in a well draining sunny site. It will tolerate occasional summer water better than most extremely drought tolerant California natives.
Romneya coulteri
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CA Native  Common name | Matilija Poppy
Romneya coulteri | Pacific Nurseries
Romneya coulteri | Pacific Nurseries
As an extremely hardy perennial that’s slow to start, Romneya coulteri is an extremely attractive shrub that produces amazing “fried egg” blossoms. The showy floral display is a magnet for pollinators. It is summer deciduous and winter dormant so patience is required to get it established. It can spread aggressively and may need to be controlled to prevent expansion into undesired areas.

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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  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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