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Theodore Payne with a Matilija Poppy

The California Native Plant Wiki is an information resource created by the Theodore Payne Foundation to help you garden with California native plants. The Theodore Payne Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use and understanding of California's extraordinary flora. If you find this resource helpful, consider becoming a member or making a donation to support this service.

Recent Revisions -- Within the next few months, we will be updating botanical names to reflect changes published in The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition, Thoroughly Revised and Expanded, released in January 2012. There are many changes to the botanical names of our native plants, including many well known taxa. We will continue to reference the previous names to aid your search for information.

California Native Plant Library

Eschscholzia californica

These plant descriptions are from the placards in our nursery, drawing on the Foundation's 50 years of experience growing California native plants. View the California Native Plant Library here, with details on the library's organization, or go directly to our beautiful California native plants using the alphabet below. Botanical Name: A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z Common Name: A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z Family Name: A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

These special lists of plants by Plant Type, Flower Color and Water Needs help you find the right plant.

Native Garden Design and Horticulture

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus)
Here you'll find our Planting Guides which provide a quick review of how to plant and care for native plants. You can also find detailed discussions concerning important questions related to the care and maintenance of a California native plant garden.