California is a biodiversity hotspot.
We save the plants that make it so.
Members make a difference.
What We Do
We’re on a mission to save California’s native plants and places using both head and heart. CNPS brings together science, education, conservation, and gardening to power the native plant movement.
Why We Do It
California has more plant species than any other state in the nation.
At least one third of California’s native plants are found nowhere else in the world.
Plants are the foundation of our ecosystems.
web of life.
Saves the California
Recent News & Stories
Ruling cited a range of issues, including, wildfire risks, climate change, protection of the endangered Quino Checkerspot Butterfly, and lack of affordable housing.
Governor Newsom signs CNPS-sponsored AB 223 into law, providing important new protections for California’s imperiled dudleyaAuthored by San Diego Assemblymember Chris Ward, AB 223 is part of an effort to stop rampant poaching of dudleya plants by making it illegal to remove them from state and private lands without a permit or landowner permission and by establishing penalties for those convicted of doing so. AB 223 is the first piece of California legislation that deals specifically with plant poaching.
Bloom! California is a statewide effort led by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) to increase the promotion, sale and use of native plants. Over 75 nurseries have partnered to offer a curated selection of native plants, bolstered by accessible and inspirational educational resources for consumers, including a Gardener’s Guide, Bloom! California website, video series and more.