Choosing Your Plants

Using Calscape to find plants for your landscape

Heuchera and Lupine. Credit Jeff Silva.

The right plants for your location

Selecting the right native plants for your location is the first and possibly most important step to creating a successful native plant garden. So, CNPS partnered with the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium to create a powerful native plant database that helps you discover the plants best suited to your phttp://calscspe.orgroperty. Using, you can:

  • Search by location, plant name, water needs, and more!
  • Get detailed plant information and growing tips
  • Create and share your own plant lists
  • Find nurseries near you and check available inventory


The single most important factor in successfully gardening with native plants is to choose plants that naturally occur in your area.

Create your free Calscape account now!

Using Calscape is easy!

Create your account

Creating an account will allow you to save plants to your personalized plant list. Start as many lists as you need, and share them with others!

Calscape account
Add plants to your list

Add plants to your lists. Create one or many. You can also download detailed spreadsheets to bring to the nursery.

Plant Search
Find a nursery

Find a nursery near you by using the interactive map tool. Check inventory right from the site to see where you can purchase your plants!


Start finding plants for your landscape! Choose a category, then enter your location.

Salvia spathacea. Credit Calscape.
Salvia spathacea. Credit Calscape.

Very easy

Fremontodendron californicum
Fremontodendron californicum

Low water

Romneya coulteri
Romneya coulteri


Sisyrinchium bellum
Sisyrinchium bellum


Muhlenbergia rigens
Muhlenbergia rigens


Dudleya pulverulenta
Dudleya pulverulenta


Locally Native Plants

They are easier to grow, healthier, and require little or no artificial irrigation when they are planted in an area in which they evolved and naturally belong.

Native planting guides

Native planting guides

These regional guides
give you the tools you
need to get started with
your landscape project.
Where to buy native plants

Where to buy native plants

Find local chapter plant
sales, nurseries near you,
and arboretums and botanical
gardens selling native plants.