Why choose locally native plants? The benefits are multifold. California’s native plants have evolved over hundreds of years to succeed in the state’s summer dry climate, with adaptations for their particular regions. They have ancient relationships with insects and wildlife: both helping them and benefitting from them. Many California native plants are water wise–able to succeed with little or no watering once established. They nourish the soil and different plants thrive in different types of soil, whether it be serpentine, clay, or sand, for example. Selecting the right native plants for your location is the first step to creating a successful native plant garden.