Back to the Home Page California Native Plant Information Chapter Newsletter and Archive Other CNPS Chapters Other Organizations Contact Us!
NEW! The Geoff Burleigh Legacy - a comprehensive photo and information archive
 


NEW!
Care & Maintenance of Southern California
Native Plant Gardens

For everyone who wants a beautiful native plant garden,
here is a well-illustrated book that covers climate, soil conditions,
planting tips, irrigation suitable for various native plant species,
pest management and weed eradication. The book contains substantial information on pruning methods as well as the best time of year to
prune and how to prune for the healthiest, most attractive native plants.
The appendices are rich in tables and references.

The book is in both English and Spanish, designed to be shared
by gardeners wishing to impart information but lacking the
necessary bilingual skills.

By Bart O'Brien, Betsey Landis, Ellen Mackey
Published by Metropolitan Water District
of Southern California 2006

English-Spanish edition

Place your order at www.cnps.org


Care & Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens by Bart O'Brien, Betsy Landis and Ellen Mackey

 
 

Books About Our Local Flora

RECOMMENDED LIST FOR LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE PLANTS
IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS

Click here to download.
Original may be purchased by sending a check for $4.00 payable to "CNPS" to: CNPS
3908 Mandeville Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Call (310) 472-0624 for rush delivery.
The Coastal Commission continues to require it for all coastal construction.



GRANDMOTHER OAK
Rosi Dagit Illustrations by Gretta Allison.
This sweet little children's book tells the tale of a great oak that has been standing watch on a ridge in
Topanga State Park for over 200 years, from the time of the Tongva Indians through the Spanish rancheros
to today's visitors. Each page spread is beautifully illustrated in black and white. Roberts Rinehart Publishers.
1996 32 pp, 8" x 6" Retail $6.95


FLOWERING PLANTS OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
by CNPS Fellow and past Santa Monica Mountains chapter president Nancy Dale.
Originally published by our chapter in 1986 (and revised and reprinted in 1999),
this beautiful 239 page paperback with color photographs by CNPS members and line illustrations
by Marianne D. Wallace describes 249 commonly encountered species of the Santa Monica Mountains,
coastal and chaparral regions of southern California. This book was made possible through a grant
from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, an agency of the State of California, which was created to acquire
lands and provide programs within the Santa Monica Mountains. All proceeds from this book are being used for
educational and interpretive materials within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Retail $15.95

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS FOR SCHOOL GARDENS
by Betsey Landis.
Designed to answer questions from teachers, parents and students about
planning and planting a native plant garden at a school site.
Available as pdf download only.
Part 1
Part 2a
Part 2b
Part 3

FLORA OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
by Peter H. Raven, Henry J. Thompson and Barry A. Prigge.
Southern California Botanists Special Publication No. 2. This second edition is a must for anyone with a serious interest in the plants of our mountains. Plant communities are described, literature is cited, and a glossary is included which makes this key describing 888 species convenient to use. However, there are no plant illustrations. Available at Santa Monica College.

KEY TO COASTAL AND CHAPARRAL FLOWERING PLANTS
by Barbara J. Collins. 249 pages.
This handy key divides flowering plants into trees and shrubs; herbaceous dicots; composites; vines, parasites and climbing plants; cacti; and monocots. Each plant is illustrated. There is a discussion about collecting, preserving and mounting plants and a section that illustrates and describes the characters of leaves, flowers, and fruits.

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS FLORA
A Checklist by Bob Muns.
This very handy 8" x 6" 41-page checklist includes over 850 species found in the Santa Monica Mountains as of 1983 in family/alphabetical order. Information for each species includes habitat, whether introduced or native, and blooming months. Also includes index by family, genus, and common name, along with counts of how many species are found within each. Bob has also produced checklists for the following particular areas: Malibu Creek, Topanga, Leo Carillo, and Point Mugu State Parks; Charmlee County Park, and Paramount Ranch.

PLANT COMMUNITIES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
edited by June Latting.
CNPS Symposium Proceedings. Special Publication No.2. 1976.

WILDFLOWERS OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
by Milt McAuley.
Canyon Publishing Co. 1985 .

NATIVE SHRUBS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
by Peter H. Raven.
University of California Press. 1970. 132-pp.

NATIVE TREES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
by P. Victor Peterson.
University of California Press. 1970. l36-pp.

THE CALIFORNIA CHAPARRAL – An Elfin Forest
by W. S. Head.
Naturegraph Publishers. 1972. 96-pp.
 

 
 

California Native Plants/Wildflowers

Flowering Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains
by Nancy Dale. LA/Santa Monica Chapter & CNPS Press, 2000.

California Native Trees and Shrubs
by Lee Lenz and John Dourley. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1981.

Conifers of California
by Ronald M. Lanner. Cachuma Press, 1999.

Gardener's Guide to California Wildflowers

by Kevin Connelly. Theodore Payne Foundation, 1991.

Gardening with a Wild Heart, Restoring California's Native Landscapes at Home

by Judith Larner Lowry. University of California Press, 1999.

How to Grow the Wildflowers - California, Desert Southwest and Northern Mexico edition

by Henry W. Art. Garden Way Publishing, 1990.

The Jepson Manual, Higher Plants of California

by James C. Hickman (editor) et al. University of California, 1993.

Oaks of California

by Bruce M. Pavlik, Pamela C. Muick, Sharon Johnson and Marjorie Popper. Cachuma Press, 1991.

Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains

by Milt McAuley. Canyon Publishing, 1996.

Introduction to the Plant Life of Southern California: Coast to Foothills
by Philip W. Rundel and Robert Gustafson, 2005, U.C. Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California

Introduction to California Soils and Plants: Serpentine, Vernal Pools, and Other Geobotanical Wonders
by Arthur R. Kruckenberg, 2006, UC Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California

LICHENS

Lichens of the Santa Monica Mountains, Part One (pdf)
by Kerry Knudson

An Annotated Checklist of the Lichens of the Santa Monica Mountains (Part Two)
by Kerry Knudson, Southern California Botanists, 2007.
 (In Flora and Ecology of the Santa Monica Mountains, Special Publication No. 4)

Lichens, Lichenicolous and Allied Fungi of the Santa Monica Mountains,
Part 3: Additions and Corrections to the
Annotated Checklist
(pdf)
by Kerry Knudsen, Bjorn Owe-larsson, John A. Elix, James C. Lendemer, & Jana Kocourková

Lichens, Lichenicolous and Allied Fungi of the Santa Monica Mountains,
Part 4: Additions and Corrections to the
Annotated Checklist
(pdf)
by Kerry Knudsen & Jana Kocourková

Lichens, Lichenicolous and Allied Fungi of the Santa Monica Mountains,
Part 5: Additions and Corrections to the
Annotated Checklist
(pdf)
by Kerry Knudsen & Jana Kocourková

Caloplaca obamae, a new species from Santa Rosa Island, California
(pdf)
by Kerry Knudson

Rare Lichen Habitats and Rare Lichen Species of Ventura County, California (pdf)
by Kerry Knudson and David Magney

H. E. Hasse, Lichenist (pdf)
by Kerry Knudson
 

 
 

General Plant Selection and Culture

Native Treasures, Gardening with the Plants of California
by M. Nevin Smith. 2006, U.C. Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California

Ceanothus
by David Fross & Dieter Wilken, 2006, Timber Press,  www.timberpress.com

California Native Plants for the Garden
by Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O'Brien, 2005, Cachuma Press, P.O. Box 560, Los Olivos, California 93441

A Book of Salvias, Sages for Every Garden
by Betsy Clebsch. Timber Press, 1997

Flowering Plants in the Landscape

Mildred E. Mathias, editor. University of California Press, 1992.

Landscape Plants for Western Regions

by Bob Perry. Land Design Publishing, Claremont, 1992.

Month-by-Month in a Waterwise Garden

by Kevin Connelly. Historical Society of Southern California, 1991.

Reference Lists of Ornamental Plants for Southern California Gardens
,
by Philip E. Chandler with Kathy Musial, editor. Southern California Horticultural Society, 1993.

Sunset Western Garden Book
Lane Publishing, 1990.

Selected Plants for Southern California Gardens

edited by Joan Citron. Southern California Horticultural Society, 2000.

The California Landscape Garden

by Mark Francis and Andreas Reimann. University of California Press, 1999.
 

 
 

Integrated Pest Management/Pest Identification

Good Bugs for Your Garden
by Allison Mia Starcher. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1995.

Insects of the Los Angeles Basin

by Charles Hogue. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 1993.

*Natural Enemies Handbook, The Illustrated Guide to Biological Pest Control

by Mary Louise Flint and Steve H. Dreistadt. University of California, 1998.

*Pests of the Garden and Small Farm

by Mary Louise Flint. University of California, 1990.

*Pests of Landscape Shrubs and Trees, from the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project

University of California, 1994.

* The UC Guide to Solving Garden and Landscape Problems, an interactive CD-ROM

*These books and the CD-ROM, as well as many other great references,
can be ordered from the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources,
(800) 994-8849 Free catalog.

 
 

Web Resources

FLORA OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS: SYNONYMIZED CHECKLIST AND INDEX
1997 Publication by Carl Wishner

Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains (and Beyond)
Great photos of our native plants by CNPS member Jay Sullivan

Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Created by Tony Valois

California Native Plant Link Exchange
A resource for people interested in gardening with California native plants.
This website will help you select locally appropriate native plants for any location in the state, and find out who sells them.

Plant Profiler
Native plant image and information library for the greater Los Angeles area. Sponsored by The Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council in association with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Metropolitan Water District, California Native Plant Society, Arthur Golding & Associates, and the Rivers & Mountains Conservancy.

iPhone Applications

Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains
by Michael Charters

Plants of the San Gabriel Mountains
by Cliff and Gabi McLean

California Wildflowers
by Steve Hartman

Sierra Nevada Wildflowers
by Steve Hartman

Joshua Tree National Park Wildflowers
by Steve Hartman

Death Valley Wildflowers
by Steve Hartman

Miscellaneous

The Mediterranean Garden Society has a new Southern California branch.
For information: (626) 795-0315

The Southern California Horticultural Society meets monthly near Griffith Park.
For more information: (818) 567-1496

Blogs

Weeding Wild Suburbia by Barbara Eisenstein

Chance of Rain by Emily Green

 

BACK TO TOP | BACK TO NATIVE PLANTS PAGE