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Native plants of California: An illustrated Guide

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  • Gene Caballero
  • August 07, 2022

Looking to improve the quality of your yard, and help your local ecosystem? Well, look no further than native plants. Native plants are an essential part of any local ecosystem, however, they are being decimated at an alarming rate. Fortunately, you can do your part to help by adding native plants to your garden beds, even in your urban gardens. This infographic breaks this down. 

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What sorts of plants should I seek for a native garden?

In every habitat, you will find unique plant species. Your best bet is to do some research online or pop on down to your local nursery to see what native plants they have to offer. Most nurseries offer a selection of local plants or can point you in the right direction at the very least.

How do native plants help local wildlife?

Think about it, local animals have relied on the plants in their area for centuries. Some birds may be specifically dependent on a specific species of grass or flower. Monarchs for example rely on milkweed to lay their eggs so their larvae can eat, without it they can not complete their life cycle.

What plants are native to California?

There are over 6500 plants native to California including California poppy, giant Sequoia, watermeal, and many others. In fact, 1 third of all of California's plants are only found there. Meaning that over 1300 plants only grow in the state of California. Crazier still, California is home to 2,428 rare species of plants. 

Where is the oldest plant in the world?

The oldest plant in the world is located in California and is a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine. According to this infographic, this is the oldest tree in the world.


As you can see there is a tremendous variety of native plants found in California, and by facilitating them on your lawn you can help local wildlife including birds and the pollinators California so desperately needs. This infographic was created by the California Native Plant Society be sure to check them out for more great information on native plants. And while you are at it head over to our lawn care blog.  

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