Local Source Initiative

The Local Source Initiative makes seed grown plants from local wildlands available to the public. These plants are a great choice if you want to support wildlife in your garden. Look for plants with an additional purple tag in our nursery. The purple tags list the location of the wild source population from which the plants were propagated. Local Source plants are also listed in our inventory and online store as unique items, with their place of origin as part of the item tag.

The main purpose of the Local Source Initiative is to give gardeners the ability to restore natural habitats. Plant species develop genetic adaptations based on local factors specific to individual plant and pollinator populations. These plants may offer greater support to pollinators and be better adapted to the local conditions of your garden. Cultivating locally sourced plants in residential landscapes is a great way to build habitat connectivity. By matching their location to the plants they purchase, gardeners can choose to grow same species as the ones which occur naturally in surrounding wildlands

All local source seed collections are conducted by trained staff in an ethical manner that is not destructive to wild plant populations or their habitats. The quantities of seed harvested to grow these plants are limited and are always collected with official permission from land managers. Theodore Payne Foundation is strongly opposed to unpermitted harvesting of seeds from public wildlands.

Our stock of Local Source plants is limited, and changes frequently. Below is a selection of the plants that have been offered for sale through the Local Source Initiative.

Acmispon glaber (Lotus scoparius)Deerweed
Acourtia microcephalaSacapellote
Adenostema fasciculatum var. fasciculatumChamise
Antirrhinum kelloggiiClimbing Snapdragon, Kellogg’s Snapdragon
Antirrhinum multiflorumChaparral Snapdragon
Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. mollisEastwood’s Manzanita, Transverse Range Manzanita
Arctostaphylos glaucaBlue Manzanita, Bigberry Manzanita
Artemisia californicaCalifornia Sagebrush
Artemisia douglasianaMugwort
Bloomeria croceaGolden Stars
Brickellia californicaCalifornia Brickellbush
Brickellia neviniiNevin’s Brickellbush
Ceanothus crassifolius var. crassifoliusHoaryleaf Ceanothus
Ceanothus leucodermisChaparral Whitethorn
Ceanothus megacarpus var. megacarpusBig-Pod Ceanothus
Ceanothus oliganthusHairy Ceanothus
Ceanothus spinosusGreenbark Ceanothus
Cercocarpus betuloides var. betuloidesBirch Leaf Mountain Mahogany
Chaenactis artemisiifoliaArtemisia-leaved Chaenactis, White Pincushion
Clematis lasianthaChaparral Clematis, Pipestem, Pipestem Clematis
Clematis ligusticifoliaWestern Virgin’s Bower, Yerba De Chiva
Dendromecon rigidaTree Poppy, Bush Poppy
Diplacus longiflorusBush Monkeyflower
Drymocallis glandulosaSticky Cinquefoil
Dudleya lanceolataLance-leaved Dudleya
Emmenanthe penduliflora var. pendulifloraWhispering Bells
Encelia californicaCoast Sunflower, California Bush Sunflower
Ericameria parishii var. parishiiParish’s Rabbitbrush
Ericameria pinifoliaPine-Bush
Eriodictyon crassifolium var. crassifoliumFelt Leaved Yerba Santa
Eriodictyon crassifolium var. nigrescensThick Leaf Yerba Santa
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosumCalifornia Buckwheat
Eriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorumGolden Yarrow
Erythranthe cardinalisScarlet Monkeyflower
Frangula (Rhamnus) californicaCalifornia Coffeeberry
Helianthemum scopariumSun Rose
Helianthus gracilentusSlender Sunflower
Hesperoyucca whippleiChaparral Yucca, Our Lord’s Candle
Heteromeles arbutifoliaToyon, Christmas Berry
Juglans californica  Southern California Black Walnut
Keckiella cordifoliaHeart-Leaved Keckiella
Lonicera subspicata var. denudataChaparral or Southern Honeysuckle
Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. fasciculatusChaparral Mallow
Malosma laurinaLaurel Sumac
Marah macrocarpaWild Cucumber, Man Root, Chilicothe
Mentzelia laevicaulisBlazing Star
Mirabilis laevis var. crassifoliaCalifornia Four O’clock, Wishbone Bush
Phacelia brachylobaShort Lobed Phacelia
Prunus ilicifolia ssp. ilicifoliaHolly Leaf Cherry
Quercus agrifolia var. agrifoliaCoast Live Oak
Quercus berberidifolia California Scrub Oak
Quercus engelmanniiEngelmann Oak, Mesa Oak
Rhamnus ilicifoliaHolly Leaf Redberry
Rhus integrifoliaLemonade Berry
Rhus ovataSugar Bush
Ribes aureum var. gracilimumGolden Currant
Ribes malvaceum var. viridifoliumChaparral Currant
Rosa californicaCalifornia Wild Rose
Salvia apianaWhite Sage
Salvia columbariaeChia
Salvia leucophyllaPurple Sage
Salvia melliferaBlack Sage
Sambucus nigra ssp. caeruleaBlue Elderberry, Mexican Elderberry
Senecio flaccidus var. douglasiiDouglas’ Groundsel, Shrubby Butterweed
Silene laciniata ssp. laciniataIndian Pink, Cardinal Catchfly
Stachys albensWoolly White Hedge Nettle
Thalictrum fendleri var. polycarpumMeadow Rue
Umbellularia californicaCalifornia Bay