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Hard Working California Native Plants

The following is a list of native plants that you can put in the ground and virtually forget about except to enjoy their beauty and marvel at their efficiency. These plants work for a living and really earn their place in your landscape. You can choose to do as little or as much maintenance on them as you like and they will reward you year after year. Some are ground covers that are great for slopes, some make great accents or fillers and some are excellent screens for concealing whatever you may need to cover… all are drought tolerant. Take your pick!

Botanical NameCommon NameSizeSun Requirements
Abutilon palmeriIndian mallow5’x5’full to part sun
Artemisia californicaCalifornia sagebrush4’x3’full to part sun
Artemisia tridentataBig Basin sagebrush6’x6’full to part sun
Baccharis pilularisCoyote brushRange of sizesfull sun (hybrids can take part shade)
Eriogonum fasciculatumBuckwheat3’x4’full to part sun
Grindelia stricta var.Gumplant1’x2’full to partial sun
Heteromeles arbutifoliaToyon12’x12′full to part sun
Iva hayesianaSan Diego marsh-elder2’x5’full to part sun
Justicia californicaChuparosa4’x4’full to part sun
Muhlenbergia rigensDeer grass2’x2’full to part sun
Peritoma arboreaBladderpod5’x5′full sun
Prunus ilicifoliaHolly-leaf cherry20’x12’full to part sun
Quercus agrifoliaCoast Live Oak40’x35’full sun
Quercus engelmanniiEngelmann Oak30’x20’ full sun
Rhus integrifoliaLemonade Berry8’x6’full to part sun
Rhus ovataSugar Bush12’x12’full to part sun
Ribes viburnifoliumCatalina Perfume3’x6’part to full shade
Salvia mellifera varietiesBlack Sage2-5’x4’full to part sun
Symphyotrichum chilensePacific Aster1-3’x3’full to part sun