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Native Californian plants provide several attractive benefits for both landscape professionals and their clients when creating and maintaining a thoughtful, attractive and efficient garden.

Native plants offer:

  • Water savings
  • Low maintenance
  • Reduced use of pesticides
  • Support for native wildlife
  • Local ecology enhancement
  • Beautiful appearance

A unique and important role for grasses.

California native grasses play a unique and important role in providing cover, nesting materials, and additional food sources for beneficial, garden-friendly wildlife.

They also provide the aesthetic design benefits of contrast, loose structural form and interesting leaf variety. Best of all, they’re unmatched for their graceful, flowing movement throughout the seasons.

Over 300 species of native grasses are found in California and they are an integral part of diverse habitats including: cool, wet forests to hot, dry deserts.

Bouteloua gracilis

This low growing species is native to a vast majority of the US and it grows well in hot, dry regions of California. It’s semi-evergreen and it shuts off growth as weather cools in our Bay Area Fall and Winter seasons. It’s also a great candidate for replacing a water-wasting lawn.

Festuca californica

This native grass is a robust medium bunchgrass with glaucus evergreen foliage associated with brush lands and deciduous oak forests. It’s an excellent option for shady or filtered light settings. It features airy flowers and provides great contrast and leaf texture in an installation.

Leymus condensatus

A compact and blue-leaved form of Leymus condensatus, this beauty tolerates both sun and shade. It also does well when irrigated and when water is restricted in drought conditions. Its foliage makes this a brilliant accent and over time, it becomes a resilient, hearty and handsome addition to just about any garden.

Calamagrostis foliosa

This is a perennial bunchgrass that is native to California and endemic to the state. It produces a tuft of stems about 1 to 2 feet tall with the leaves mostly located about the base of the stems.

Carex Testacea

This beauty is not a California native. But it’s one of the hardiest of the New Zealand Hair Sedges and one of our favorites. It forms striking mounds of narrow, bronzy-orange leaves and when exposed to sunlight, the foliage seems to shimmer with movement. It’s a striking solution in rock gardens as well as containers. And it prefers exposure to partial sun with regular watering.

Carex praegracilis

This handsome species is a monocot and perennial grass like herb that is native to California. It produces sharply triangular stems up to 2-3 feet tall from a network of thin, coarse rhizomes. The inflorescence is a dense, somewhat cylindrical array of flower spikes up about 1-1-1/2” long. It’s a great lawn substitute and ideal for meadow settings.