Califonia Bountiful

Native, drought-tolerant plants take spotlight

Mar./Apr. 2015 California Bountiful magazine

Native plants are increasingly becoming the centerpiece of landscaping and gardens throughout California as a result of younger customers interested in growing their own food, helping to reduce environmental impacts and creating wildlife-­friendly gardens, or "habitat gardening."

"(Native plants) are part of the design and cycle of healthy habitat for a specific region—from soil health to beneficial insects, pollinators and songbirds," said Su Kraus, owner of Moosa Creek Nursery in San Diego County. "They help support an ecosystem."

They are also part of creating drought-tolerant landscapes and gardens. But buyer be aware because native does not necessarily mean drought tolerant:

  • Drought-tolerant plants originate in many parts of the world.
  • Native plants are species indigenous to California and may be drought tolerant, depending on their climate of origin, such as coastal habitat, desert or High Sierra.

When planning your landscape or garden, talk with your local nursery staff about which plants are native AND drought tolerant in your area.

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