The Seeds and Bulbs Committee is dedicated to the collection, sale, and donation of local native seeds and bulbs to our members, native plant demonstration gardens and restoration projects.

PRE-ORDER SEEDS/BULBS AND PLANTS PRIOR TO OUR FALL NATIVE CA PLANT SALE

Our seeds are donated by chapter volunteers from their own gardens or by permission from private or public lands, as well as purchased from local commercial sources and repackaged. We keep track of each seed lot, including the parent plant location for people who are looking for seed that has been collected from specific areas.

Photo credit: Cindy Hazuka

helping out

If you have seeds to donate we would love to hear from you! We accept both cleaned and unclean seeds. We'd love photos for this page too!

The Seeds and Bulbs Committee meets several times a year to clean, package, label and organize seeds for sale. These are fun events where you can meet fellow CNPS members and learn about our native plants. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the mailing list to learn about upcoming events.

To donate or help out please email Cindy Hazuka at seedsandbulbs@cnpssd.org

Photo credit: Chris Hendrickson

PURCHASING SEEDS

Seeds are generally available for purchase as our local chapter meetings as well as at the annual plant sales. The team is also pleased to offer seeds for purchase via. mail order within the state of California. While our inventory is ever changing, we try to keep an updated list of the species we have available.

If you are interested in purchasing seeds, please contact seedsandbulbs@cnpssd.org for details about availability and shipping directions.

You can access our updated database of species from custom lists in both CalScape.org and CalFlora.org  You can view our list of seeds with prices in this Google Doc

Not sure which seeds to buy? Try one of our custom packs of 12 individual envelopes for $15

Annuals for Coastal and Inland San Diego

A unique blend of annual wildflowers that are abundant throughout San Diego County.  Genus members may include but are not limited to: 

Clarkia, Collinsia, Eschscholzia, Gilia, Lasthenia, Layia, Lupinus, Nemophila, Phacelia, and Trifolium

Annual mix in Calflora Database with common names, photos, and bloom periods

Annual mix in Calscape Database with detailed plant information

Perennial Sage Scrub

A mix of smaller bush type plants commonly seen in the coastal to inland hills of San Diego County. Genus members may include but are not limited to:

Adenostoma, Aristida, Artemisia, Bahiopsis, Encelia, Eriogonum, Isocoma, Mimulus, Penstemon, Peritoma, and Salvia

Perennial mix in Calflora Database with common names, photos, and bloom periods

Perennial mix in Calscape Database with detailed plant information

Trees and Shrubs - Expert Pack

A mix of the larger trees and shrubs common in San Diego County that may require pre-treatment. Genus members may include but are not limited to:  

Arctostaphylos, Ceanothus, Cercis, Cercocarpus, Frangula, Fremontodendron, Hesperocyparis, Hesperoyucca, Rhus, and Xylococcus

Trees and Shrubs mix in Calflora Database with common names, photos, and bloom periods

Trees and Shrubs mix in Calscape Database with detailed plant information


For some specific information about germinating California native plants, check out the GERMINATION fact sheets at Gardening and Landscaping with California Native Plants

Want to learn more about growing natives from seed? Here are some links:

•    Larner Seeds -The Basics of Sowing Wildflower Seeds

•    Theodore Payne - Sowing Native Seeds

•    Las Pilitas Nursery - How to Plant California Native Wildflowers

•    Tree of Life Nursery - Wildflower Seed Mixes

•    Master Gardener Sonoma County - Gardening Success with California Native Plants

 

Banner photo by Cindy Hazuka