California Natives at Suncrest Nurseries Inc.

Though Suncrest Nurseries offers interesting plants from several continents, including much of the United States, a few of us are almost obsessively devoted to the native plants of California. We regularly stalk the wilds, always with at least a semiconscious "eye out" for potentially gardenworthy natives, and we bring back seeds and cuttings from nearly every trip. We also rely on friends at several California botanic gardens, and on passionate native plant gardeners, who bring us their plant treasures for trial and possible introduction. All in all, it may be the best part of our work here, and we're privileged to be able to contribute a wide offering of beautiful natives to California horticulture.

You'll find a lengthy list of our native offerings below, organized by pages to make it a bit more manageable. Click on the name of any plant on the list for a fuller display of plant characteristics and cultural needs and possibilities. Also be sure to download our flyer on native plants from the Publications page of this site, for easy reference offline.

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Plant Name Capsule Description
Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray' California sagebrush. Narrow silver, distinctively aromatic leaves on low spreading branches.
Artemisia douglasiana California mugwort. Spreading perennial, stems to 3-4 feet. Dusty green aromatic leaves, grey undersides.
Artemisia ludoviciana [ssp. incompta] Spreading perennial. Erect silver stems to 18 inches. Aromatic leaves.
Artemisia pycnocephala 'David's Choice' Sandhill sage; nearly prostrate; furry white foliage.
Artemisia tridentata var. vaseyana Sagebrush. This form to 4 feet, bushy, silvery foliage.
Asarum caudatum Wild ginger; carpets of heart-shaped leaves, dark flowers.
Asarum lemmonii Wild ginger from Sierra. Low dark green leaves; chocolate flowers.
Asclepias eriocarpa Broad grey-geern leaves, heads of cream flowers in late spring.
Asclepias fascicularis Milkweed. 3-4 foot slender stems, narrow leaves; white scented flowers.
Asclepias speciosa Milkweed. 2 feet+.Large, furry leaves, broad clusters of cream flowers.
Aster chilensis 'Point St. George' Low growing California aster spreads widely. Summer to fall bloom, lavender daisy flowers. Attractive to butterflies.
Aster chilensis 'Purple Haze' Santa Barbara Botanic Garden introduction. To 2 feet. Bright lavender flowers in fall, widely spreading.
Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri Quail bush. To 7 feet. Silvery leaves on arching stems; good hedge.
Atriplex lentiformis 'Naomi' Quail bush. To 7 feet. Especially large silver leaves, great screening plant.
Baccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Point' 1-2 feet high by 6 feet wide. Dwarf coyote brush. Rounded bright green leaves.
Baccharis pilularis 'Twin Peaks #2' 2 feet high by 6 feet wide. Mounding habit. Grey-green leaves.
Betula occidentalis Water birch. To 25 feet, dark cinnamon bark. Shrub/small tree.
Blechnum spicant Deer fern; dark green narrow fronds, erect fertile fronds.
Bothriochloa barbinodis Cane bluestem. Clumping grass with bluish leaves; very drought tolerant.
Bouteloua curtipendula Clumping dryland grass with fine textured leaves, flowers.

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