Gorman, 2008. The same view as below, but in early winter, vividly makes the point that preserving displays of California’s native annual wildflowers requires astute land management and faith that the seed bank residing in the soil will survive to bloom again when conditions are right.

Gorman, 2003. This view shows Gorman Post Road and the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5), with motorists exiting from their cars for a closer look at the wildflowers.

The darkest blue is primarily Bentham lupine (Lupinus benthamiii) with a few royal desert lupines (Lupinus odoratus) mixed in. The lighter blue-lavendar is primarily lacy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia) along with a few globe gilia (Gilia capitata). Other flowers are yellow Bigelow Coreopsis (Coreopsis bigelovii) and orange California poppies (Eschscholzia californica).

Gorman Canyon, 2003. At dusk, the white flowers of evening snow (Linanthus dichotomus) begin to open.

Gorman Canyon, 2001. The same view, two years earlier.

Gorman Hills, 2003. The line of trees and shrubs marks a water seep or slow spring (one of around 64 such water features) in the Gorman Hills.

All images and captions used with written consent of Richard Dickey

Plant Resources

Parent Organization
California Native Plant Society

Neighboring CNPS Chapters
Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Orange County Chapter
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Other Organizations
California Oak Foundation
Endangered Habitats League
Friends of Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve
Friends of Madrona Marsh
Surfrider Foundation – Ocean Friendly Gardens Program
Weeding Wild Suburbia – Adventures with Native Plants

Book Lists
Baker’s Dozen – Tony Baker’s recommendations

Botanic Gardens
Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

El Dorado Nature Center
Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve
Madrona Marsh Nature Center
Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Hikes, Walks and Tours
Bixby Marshland
George F Canyon Nature Center
Madrona Marsh Nature Center
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter, Palos Verdes – South Bay Group

Invasive Plants
California Invasive Plant Council
Orange County CNPS – Excellent collection of information and strategies
PlantRight – Regional invasive and native plant alternatives

Nature Based Multimedia Information Systems – CD and iPhone formats

Native Plants – Retail
Las Pilitas Nursery – Santa Margarita and Escondido
Matilija Nursery – Moorpark
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s “Grow Native Nursery” – Claremont
Theodore Payne Foundation – Sun Valley
Tree of Life Nursery – San Juan Capistrano

Native Plants – Wholesale
El Nativo Growers – Azusa (retail by e-mail)
Mockingbird Nursery – Riverside (retail by appointment)
Native Sons – Arroyo Grande
RECON Native Plants – San Diego
San Marcos Growers – Santa Barbara

Planning Tools
Calscape – hundreds of plants and pictures for each zip code
Las Pilitas Nursery
Tree of Life Nursery

Plant Book – Council for Watershed Health

California Academy of Sciences – Botany Collection Database
California Natural Diversity Database
Jepson Online Interchange
Southern California Wildflowers and Other Plants
Wildflowers of Southern California – a Photographic Gallery

Larner Seeds
Theodore Payne Foundation

Wildflower Viewing
Bureau of Land Management – California
Bureau of Land Management – Western Mojave Desert
DesertUSA – Death Valley
DesertUSA – Southern California
Theodore Payne Foundation Wildflower Hotline


The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.