Planting Native Species at Home

November 13, 2017 Posted by: Nicole Ornelas

We have planted hundreds of native species surrounding the Visitor Center at Cabrillo National Monument within the last month. Here are a few highlighted species that you may plant at home or in your surrounding neighborhood. Visit your local nursery to find species like these and many more.

Remember native plants have adapted to our climate and will thrive on their own given the right conditions. All of these plants should have plenty of sun, well-drained soil and space to grow.

10 Reasons why you should plant native species--

  1. Attracts native pollinators (Butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, etc.)
  2. Water conservation
  3. Low maintenance (Does not need extra fertilizer or irrigation)
  4. Conservation of local flora
  5. Improve soil conditions
  6. Reduce urban runoff
  7. Increase local wildlife
  8. Garden longevity
  9. Educational opportunities
  10. Beautification of landscape

All photos are from our recent plant project at the Visitor Center and are juvenile species. Be mindful of height restrictions before you plant them in your yard.

Light green succulent with finger-like fleshy leaves with text written to the right within a black box

Text in Picture: Lady’s Fingers

Dudleya edulis

TYPE: Succulent

SUN EXPOSURE: Full Sun

HEIGHT: <2'

DISTRIBUTION: Southern California and Baja

BLOOM CHARACTERISTICS: Creamy-white 5 petal star shaped flowers atop branched stalks

Small leafed branched woody shrub with text written to the right within a black box

Text in Picture: California Flattop Buckwheat

Eriogonum fasiculatum

TYPE: Perennial Shrub

SUN EXPOSURE: Full Sun

HEIGHT: <5'

DISTRIBUTION: Western North America

BLOOM CHARACTERISTICS: Pale pink cluster flowers; attracts bees, butterflies and/or birds

Fluffy branched light green shrub with text written to the left within a black box

Text in Picture: California Sagebrush

Artemisia californica

TYPE: Aromatic Shrub

SUN EXPOSURE: Full Sun

HEIGHT: <4’

DISTRIBUTION: California and Northern Baja

BLOOM CHARACTERISTICS: Inconspicuous rounded flowers; distinct smell in foliage


Thick oval shaped, dark green leaves on a woody shrub with text written to the right within a black box

Text in Picture: Lemonade Berry

Rhus integrifolia

TYPE: Perennial Shrub

SUN EXPOSURE: Full Sun

HEIGHT: <15’

DISTRIBUTION: Central to Southern California and Baja

BLOOM CHARACTERISTICS: White or pink flowers and clustered red waxy berries


Upward growing woody shrub with elongated, green, thin leaves with text written to the right within a black box

Text in Picture: Black Sage

Salvia mellifera

TYPE: Aromatic Shrub

SUN EXPOSURE: Full Sun to partial

HEIGHT: <6'

DISTRIBUTION: California and Northern Baja

BLOOM CHARACTERISTICS: White or purple flowers surrounding a whirl; distinct smell in foliage

Gray-green leaves divided into three leaflets on a small shrub with text written to the left within a black box

Text in Picture: Bladderpod

Peritoma arborea

TYPE: Perennial Shrub

SUN EXPOSURE: Full Sun

HEIGHT: <6'

DISTRIBUTION: California and Northern Baja

BLOOM CHARACTERISTICS: Yellow tubular 4 petal flowers and bladder shaped seed pods

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Last updated: November 13, 2017

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