Local Plants

The South Coast area, roughly speaking, comprises coastal Los Angeles between Long Beach and El Segundo and east to the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains as well as Catalina and San Clemente Islands.  The image below shows the South Coast chapter area in red.

The area is home to a large number of native plants. Of the approximately 25,500 vascular plant taxa native to North America north of Mexico (NatureServe.org), about 6 percent (1427 taxa) are found in the South Coast chapter area (CalFlora.org). With such a rich diversity of native plants in our area, our chapter is dedicated to furthering the preservation and conservation of the native flora and plant communities in our area and the appropriate use of native plants in garden settings.

Endemic Plants

The diverse geologic history and climatic conditions of Monterey county have created a mosaic of isolated and specialized environments, which contribute to the evolution of locally endemic plants. A number of locations in our area are known for their locally endemic species, including the Monterey Peninsula, Fort Ord dunes, the northern Santa Lucia Mountains, and Fort Hunter Liggett.

See our Endemic Plants page for information on endemic plant species of Monterey and San Benito counties.

Plant Checklists

Our chapter members have created plant lists for 33 local natural areas, including regional parks, county parks, state parks, and a few trails within the Los Padres National Forest. It is helpful to print and bring a plant list when visiting one of these natural areas, because they can help locate plants and confirm identifications.

See our Local Plant Lists page to download plant species lists for local natural areas.

Native Plant Gardens

Growing native plants in landscapes can save water, lower maintenance, reduce pesticides, invite wildlife, support local ecology, and connect people to nature. The Monterey Bay area boasts several beautiful native plant gardens, designed to showcase the ecological and horticultural value of local native plants. See our Gardening with Natives page for more information about these special places.

Gardening with Natives

The chapter includes a horticulture group which is focused on growing native plants for sale and encouraging their use in landscaping. See our Gardening with Natives page for more information.

Invasive Plants

Our chapter volunteers have committed to combat invasive plants such as French broom, jubata grass, Cape ivy and other noxious invasive weeds in high priority natural areas. These invasive species can modify and dominate natural habitats, reducing their habitat value to native plants and animals.

See our Events Calendar for scheduled restoration workdays.

South Coast Chapter Resources for Local Native Plants