California Native Plant Week

When you save plants, you save everything else.

A white-crowned sparrow rests atop coyote bush (Baccharis pilularis). Credit: Tony Tubbs

Every plant matters.

Did you know that 90 percent of insects can only eat the native plant species with which they’ve co-evolved? From monarch caterpillars to desert birds, life depends on native plants. Even we humans need our native plants to support the web of life upon which we depend. From our oxygen rich redwood forests to the wet meadows of the Sierra, native plants provide important ecosystem services that sustain life. And every plant matters, especially here in California.

California’s native plants makes it one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. With approximately 6,500 types of plants, we have more plant diversity than any other state in the U.S. A third of our species are found nowhere else on the planet. (Think of what that means for the species that depend on them!) That’s why, in 2010, the California State Legislature designated the third week of April to be California Native Plant Week.

Join us in celebrating the next California Native Plant Week:
April 17-24, 2021!

El Segundo blues on Sea Cliff Buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium) Photo: Ann Dalkey
El Segundo blues on sea cliff buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium) Photo: Ann Dalkey

Virtual Native Plant Week

Coming this spring: virtual garden tours, plant walks, podcasts and more.

See what's happening
Credit Dennis Mudd.
Credit Dennis Mudd.

Become a Member!

If you’re not already a member of CNPS, there’s no better time to show your commitment to California’s native plants!

Credit Dennis Mudd.
Credit Dennis Mudd.

Start a Native Plant Garden

Thinking of converting your lawn to natives? Spring is the ideal time to begin. Here’s everything you need to know about gardening with natives.

Castle Mountains Photo: Duncan Bell
Castle Mountains Photo: Duncan Bell

Get Involved!

Get connected with your local CNPS chapter to meet local experts, volunteer, and discover your local native plants and places!