Native Plant Lists

SORT by botanical names, including Water Needs

Common Botanical Water Needs
Yarrow Achillea millefolium Low
Manzanita Emerald Carpet Arctostaphylos ‘Emerald Carpet’ Very Low
John Dourley Manzanita Arctostaphylos ‘John Dourley’ Very Low
Howard McMinn Manzanita Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn Low
California Sagebrush Artemisia californica Very Low
Canyon Gray Sagebrush Artemisia californica ‘Canyon Gray’ Very Low
Coyote Bush Baccharis pilularis ‘Pigeon Point’ Low
Baja Fairy Duster Calliandra californica Low
Fairy Duster Calliandra eriophylla Very Low
California Meadow Sedge Carex pansa Medium
Slender Sedge Carex praegracilis Medium
Elizabeth Bush Anemone Carpenteria californica ‘Elizabeth’ Low
California Lilac Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’ Low
Ray Hartman California Lilac Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ Very Low
Blue Blossom Ceanothus Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Skylark’ Low
Western Redbud Cercis occidentalis Low
White Rockrose Cistus ‘Blanche’ Very Low
Island Bush Poppy Dendromecon harfordii Low
Bush Poppy Dendromecon rigida Low
Dudleya Dudleya cultivars Very Low
Coast Sunflower, Coast Encelia Encelia californica Very Low
California Fuchsia, Zauschneria Epilobium canum Very Low
Blue Beach Aster, Seaside Daisy Erigeron glaucus Low
California Buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum Low
Red Buckwheat Eriogonum grande rubescens Very Low
California Poppy, Golden Poppy Eschscholzia californica Medium
Ornamental Strawberry, G. Pastures Fragaria chiloensis ‘Green Pastures’ Low
White Gaura Gaura lindheimeri Medium
Toyon Heteromeles arbutifolia Very Low
Silver Carpet Lessingia Lessingia flilaginifolia ‘Silver Carpet’ Very Low
Canyon Prince Wild Rye Leymus condensatus ‘Canyon Prince’ Very Low
Arroyo Lupine Lupinus succulentus Low
Island Ironwood Lyonothamnus floribundus asplenifolius Low
Chaparral Mallow Malacothamnus fasciculatus Very Low
Laurel Sumac Malosma laurina Very Low
Scarlet Monkey Flower Mimulus cardinalis High
Deer Grass Muhlenbergia rigens Medium
Baby Blue Eyes Nemophila menziesii Low
Scarlet-Bugler Penstemon centranthifolius Very Low
Foothill Penstemon Penstemon heterophyllus Low
Margarita Foothill Penstemon Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita Bop’ Low
Catalina Cherry Prunus ilicifolia lyonii Very Low
Lemonade Berry Rhus integrifolia Low
Sugar Bush Rhus ovata Low
Golden Currant Ribes aureum Low
Red Flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum Low
Southern Pink Flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum glutinosum Low
Matilija Poppy Romneya coulteri Very Low
Blue Sage Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’ Very Low
White Sage, Sacred White Sage Salvia apiana Very Low
Cleveland Sage Salvia clevelandii Very Low
Winifred Gillman Blue Sage Salvia clevelandii ‘Winnifred Gillman’ Very Low
Purple Sage Salvia leucophylla Very Low
Black Sage Salvia mellifera Very Low
Dara’s Choice Creeping Sage Salvia sonomensis ‘Dara’s Choice’ Very Low
Hummingbird Sage, Pitcher Sage Salvia spathacea Low
Blue-Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium bellum Very Low
Yellow-Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium californicum Medium
Woolly Blue Curls Trichostema lanatum Very Low
Cedros Island Verbena Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ Very Low
Coast Rosemary Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ Very Low

Plant List suggested by US Fish & Wildlife and adapted to Ojai Climate

Bio Swale Plants
Plant Type Scientific Name Common Name Plant Community Size
Tree Juglans californica CALIFORNIA BLACK WALNUT BS/OW
Tree Platanus racemosa WESTERN SYCAMORE BS
Tree Populus fremontii FREMONT COTTONWOOD BS
Tree Umbellularia californica CALIFORNIA BAY, LAUREL BS/OW 25′ x 12′
small b Artemisia douglasiana MUGWORT BS
small b Mimulus aurantiacus BUSH MONKEY FLOWER BS/C 3′ x 3′
med bush Juncus patens SPREADING RUSH BS
large bush Baccharis pilularis COYOTE BRUSH BS 1′ x 12′
large bush Baccharis salicifolia MULE FAT BS
large bush Chilopsis lineaaris DESERT WILLOW BS 12′ x 15′
large bush Salix lasiolepis ARROYO WILLOW BS
large bush Sambucus mexicana ELDERBERRY BS/OW 12′ x 12′
ground cover Achillea millefolium YARROW BS 3′ x 3′
Chaparral Plant Community
Plant Type Common Name Plant Community
Tree Cercis occidentalis WESTERN REDBUD C 8′ x 8′
small succulent Dudleya pulverulenta CHALK LIVE-FOREVER C
small flower Eschscholzia californica CALIFORNIA POPPY C
small b Artemisia californica CALIFORNIA SAGEBRUSH C 8′ x 6′
small b Asclepias fascicularis NARROW-LEAF MILKWEED C 4’x6′
small b Calliandra eriophylla PINK FAIRY DUSTER C 4′ x 5′
small b Dichelostemma capitatum WILD HYACINTH C 6′ x 6′
small b Eriogonum fasciculatum CALIFORNIA BUCKWHEAT C 3′ x 4′
small b Eriogonum parvilofium CLIFF BUCKWHEAT C 3′ x 3′
small b Lupinus longifolius BUSH LUPINE C 5′ x 5′
small b Salvia apiana WHITE SAGE C 4′ x 4′
med bush Eriogonum cinereum ASHYLEAF BUCKWHEAT C 5′ x 2′
med bush Isomeris arborea BLADDERPOD C 3-5′ x 5-10′
med bush Keckiella cordifolia HEART-LEAVED PENSTEMON C 3′ x’4′
med bush Leymus condensatus GIANT RYE C 4′ x  4′
med bush Lotus scoparius DEER GRASS C 3′ x 3′
med bush Lupinus albifrons SILVER LUPINE C 3′ x 1′
med bush Lupinus excubitus GRAPE SODA LUPINE C 4′ x 4′
med bush Romneya Coulteri MATILIJA POPPY C 2′ x 6″
med bush Salvia leucophylla PURPLE SAGE C 1.5′ x 3′
med bush Salvia mellifera BLACK SAGE C 2’x4′
med bush Trichostema lanatum WOOLLY BLUE-CURLS C 2-4′ H x 4′ W
large bush Hyptis emoryi DESERT LAVENDER C 3′ x 6′
large bush Rhus integrifolia LEMONADEBERRY C
large bush Rhus lentii PINK FLOWERING SUMAC C 10″ x 12″
large bush Rhus ovata SUGAR BUSH C 15′ x 15′
Oak Woodland Plant Community
Plant Type Common Name Plant Community
Tree Prunus ilicifolia ssp. ilicifolia HOLLY-LEAF CHERRY OW/C
Tree Quercus agrifolia COAST LIVE OAK OW
Tree Quercus lobata VALLEY OAK OW
small b Epilobium canum CALIFORNIA FUCHSIA OW/C 1-2′
small b Lepichinia calycina PITCHER SAGE OW 4′ x 4′
small b Penstemon centranthifolius SCARLET BUGLER OW /C 3′ x 2′
small b Penstemon spectabilis NOTABLE PENSTEMON OW 3′ x 2′
small b Salvia spathacea HUMMINGBIRD  SAGE OW 2′ x 1′
small b Satureja douglasii YERBA BUENA OW 6″ x 6′
small b Sisyrinchium bellum BLUE-EYED GRASS OW/C 1.5′ x 6″
med bush Ceanothus  maritimus MORRO CEANOTHUS OW/C 6′ x 6′
med bush Ceanothus oliganthus HAIRY-LEAVED CEANOTHUS OW/C 6′ x 6′
med bush Ribes sanguineum PINK FLOWERING CURRANT OW/C 6′ x 3′
large bush Arctostaphylos glauca BIGBERRY MANZANITA OW/C 10′ x 6′
large bush Heteromeles arbutifolia TOYON OW/C 8′ x 5′
large bush Rhamnus californica COFFEEBERRY OW/C
large bush Rosa californica CALIFORNIA WILD ROSE OW/C 5′ x 9′
large bush Symphoricarpus mollis CREEPING SNOWBERRY OW 6′ x12′
large bush Vitis girdiana or californica WILD CALIFORNIA GRAPE OW 9′ x 9′


Seeds for annual wildflowers-we have:
-Tidy Tips
-Arroyo Lupine
-CA Poppy
-Clarkia Amoena
-Nemophila menziesii-Baby Blue Eyes
Good companion for Chinese Houses, Tidy Tips, Five Spot. Low growing to l0″ high.

Would still like to get:

Calandrinia ciliata-Red Maids
An early-blooming annual under 8″ tall with petals of intense magenta. Likes full sun, lean soil. Edible seeds and leaves. Prostrate habit. Important indigenous seed food; seed frequently found in archaeological sites. Petals used for rouge. A welcome and endearing first sign of spring.

Castilleja exserta ssp. exserta-Purple Owl’s Clover
Carpets of pink and purple in serpentine and other areas are created by the free-flowering habits of this low-growing annual. Larval food plant for Bay Checkerspot butterfly. Very fine seed, so we offer it by the small packet. A little goes a long way.

Gilia tricolor-Bird’s Eye Gilia
Charming and dependable California wildflower growing 6″ to 12″ tall. It is one of the wildflowers that profits from close inspection, with its 1/2″ light-blue or violet flowers set off by powder-blue stamen and a yellow throat with a dark purple ring at the top. Long flowering period and good foil to the summer-flowering Clarkias. Marvelous in bouquets. Self-sows, has musky fragrance.

Pholistoma auritum-Fiesta Flower

Native plants for hummingbirds can provide moisture, food, cover for protection and nesting sites.

from Rancho Santa Ann Botanic Garden

Selecting a combination of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that flower at different times of the year will ensure that local hummingbirds have enough food and liquids year-round. In particular, fall and winter flowering plants can be very important for survival.

The list below focuses on food (nectar) plants.

 Hummingbird Plants
Name Common Name Family Growth Form Flowering Season
Abutilon palmeri Indian Mallow Mallow Shrub Spring to summer
Achillea millefolium Common Yarrow Sunflower Perennial Spring to summer
Agave deserti Desert Century Plant Lily Succulent Spring
Agave shawii Shaw’s Century Plant Lily Succulent Spring
Aquilegia formosa Western Columbine Buttercup Perennial Late spring
Arctostaphylos spp. and cultivars Manzanita Heath Shrub Winter
Calliandra eriophylla Fairy Duster Pea Shrub Spring to summer
Ceanothus spp. and cultivars Wild Lilac Buckthorn Shrub Spring
Chilopsis linearis and cultivars Desert Willow Bignonia Tree Summer
Comarostaphylis diversifolia Summer Holly Heath Shrub Late spring
Calliandra eriophylla Fairy Duster Pea Shrub Spring to summer
Dudleya spp. Live Forever Stonecrop Succulent Spring to summer
Fallugia paradoxa Apache Plume Rose Shrub Spring to summer
Galvezia speciosa Bush Snapdragon Figwort Shrub Summer
Heuchera spp. and cultivars Coral Bells Saxifrage Perennial Spring
Calliandra eriophylla Fairy Duster Pea Shrub Spring to summer
Hyptis emoryi Desert Lavender Mint Shrub Spring to summer
Ipomopsis spp. Scarlet Gilia Phlox Perennial Spring to summer
Justicia californica Belloperone Acanthus Shrub Spring to summer
Keckiellespp. Keckiella Figwort Shrub Summer
Lavatera spp. and cultivars Tree Mallow Mallow Shrub, small tree Spring to summer
Lilim (some species) Lily Lily Perennial Late spring
Mahonia (Berberis) spp. and cultivars Barberry Barberry Shrub Spring
Malacothamnus spp. and cultivars Bush Mallow Mallow Perennials, shrub Spring to summer
Mimulus spp. and cultivars Monkey Flower Figwort Annulas, perennials, shrubs Spring
Mirabilis californica spp. Wishbone Bush Four O’Clock Perennial Spring
Monardella spp. and cultivars Mints, Balms Mint Perennial Spring
Nolina parryi Beargrass Lily Shrub-like Spring
Penstemon spp. and cultivars Snapdragons Figwort Perennials, shrubs Spring, summer
Rhododendron occidentale spp. Western Azalea Heath Shrub Spring, fall
Rhus integrifolia Lemonade Berry Sumac, Cashew Shrub Spring
Rhus ovata Sugar Bush Sumac, Cashew Shrub Spring
Ribes spp. and cultivars Wild Currant Gooseberry Shrub Late fall, winter, spring
Salvia spp. and cultivars Sages Mints Annuals, perennials, shrubs Spring, fall
Sphaeralcea ambigua Desert Mallow Mallow Shrub Spring, summer, fall
Trichostema lanatum and cultivars Woolly Blue Curls Mint Shrub Spring and summer
Chialpa tashkentensis Chitalpa Bignonia Tree Summer
Yucca spp. Yucca Lilly Shrub-like Spring
Zauschneria (Epilobium) spp. California Fuchsia Evening-Primrose Perennial Summer and fall