Where to Buy Native Plants in Southern California

Photo by Phillip Roullard

CNPS-SD Monthly Meetings: We usually carry a small selection of native plants at our monthly meetings. New members who sign up at the meeting will receive a free gift. For more info email us at info@cnpssd.org


California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter Plant Sale  The largest native plant sale in San Diego County with about 300 species of trees, shrubs, perennials, seeds, and bulbs. Horticultural information on each species is available, as well as books and posters. Casa del Prado in Balboa Park. The Fall Plant Sale is usually held the second weekend of October.

San Diego Botanic Garden  230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, Ph: (760) 436-9466. Exotic and native plants, including many propagated at the Garden. Fall.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden  100 N. College Ave, Claremont, Ph: (909) 625-8767. Devoted to the collection, cultivation, study, and display of native California plants and to graduate training and research in plant systematics and evolution. A native plant sale is held on the first weekend of November.


The number of retail nurseries that feature California natives varies from time to time. In addition to the establishments listed below, other nurseries grow and stock more limited choices of native plants. Be aware that there may be inaccuracies in some lists of California native plants, and if in doubt check species on the Calflora website or the San Diego Plant Atlas Project website.

If any readers learn of other nurseries in the Southern California region, please contact the Garden Committee chairperson at gardening@cnpssd.org

Anderson’s La Costa Nursery  400 La Costa Ave, Encinitas, Ph: (760) 753-3153

Anawalt Lumber Company

1001 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles CA, Ph: (323) 464-1600

11060 W Pico Bvld, Los Angeles CA, Ph: (310) 478-0324.

City Farmers Nursery  3110 Euclid Ave, San Diego, Ph: (619) 284-6358  

Coastal Sage Gardening  3685 Voltaire St, San Diego, Ph: (619) 223-5229. A garden shop with a selection of native plants and wildflower seeds. Owner John Noble will deliver plants from Tree-of-Life Nursery. Open weekends or by appointment, email coastalsagegardening@cox.net

Cordova Gardens  902 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, Ph: (760) 944-6984

Covina Garden Center  509 S 2nd Avenue, Covina CA Ph: (626) 966-9666

El Plantio Nursery 1322 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, Ph: (760) 745-8736. 

Evergreen Nursery

13650 Carmel Valley Rd, San Diego, Ph: (858) 481-0622 

9708 Flinn Springs Rd, El Cajon, Ph: (619) 443-0873

3231 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside, Ph: (760) 754-0340

Glendora Gardens 1132 S Grand Avenue, Glendora, Ph: (626) 914-6718

Grangetto’s Farm & Garden Supply

11105 W. Mission Ave, Escondido, Ph: (760) 745-4671

130 E. Alvarado St., Fallbrook, Ph: (760) 728-6127

Green Thumb Nursery 1019 San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ph: (760) 744-3822

Guatay Mountain Nursery 27423 Old Highway 80 Guatay, Ph: (619) 473-0129

Matilija Nursery  8225 Waters Rd, Moorpark, Ph: (805) 523-8604. Entertaining web site includes contests and details on the plants available. Wholesale and retail available.

Mission Hills Nursery 1525 Fort Stockton Dr, San Diego, Ph: (619) 295-2808

Moosa Creek Nursery  27201 Cool Water Ranch Rd Valley Center, CA 92082, Ph: (760) 749-3216. Moosa Creek Nursery grows over 400 species of California native plants for the S. California region grown to ensure a high survivability rate on your project. Wholesale customers may select from our extensive inventory or use our contract growing services. Homeowners can purchase from our network of Retail Partners in San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles counties or purchase through the moosacreeknursery.com online system and have plants delivered to their local retail partner. Our IPM practices and bio-control methods produce hardy, naturally grown plants. Sign up online to receive news of events and special sales.

Myrtle Creek Nursery  2940 Reche Rd, Fallbrook, Ph: (760) 728-5340

Parkview Nursery

3841 Jackson Street, Riverside CA, Ph: (951) 651-6900

4377 Chicago Avenue, Riverside CA, Ph: (951) 784-6777

Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden  100 N. College Ave, Claremont, Ph: (909) 625-8767. Native plants are sold in the Garden Shop year-round except during the summer. 

RECON Native Plants  1755 Saturn Blvd, San Diego, Ph: (619) 423-2284. Wholesale to the industry. Get on the mailing list for several yearly open-to-the-public sales. Large grower of native plants to the Southwestern US. Current plant inventory available online, contract grow, and consulting.

San Carlos Hardware  7375 Jackson Dr, San Diego, Ph: (619) 461-9700

San Gabriel Nursery 632 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel CA, Ph: (626) 286-3782

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, Ph: (805) 682-4726 x127. Sells plants and seeds in the gift shop. 

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants  10459 Tuxford St, Sun Valley, Ph: (818) 768-1802. 80-year old nonprofit retail nursery sells California native plants, seeds and books. Over 300 native species for sale. 

Tree of Life Nursery  33201 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, Ph: (949) 728-0685. Retail hours at "Casa la Paz": Monday through Saturday from 9am to 4pm. We are closed Sundays. Also wholesale, restoration, contract grow. Over 600 types of native plants for landscaping and revegetation.

Walter Andersen Nursery

12755 Danielson Court, Poway, Ph: (858) 513-4900

3642 Enterprise St, San Diego, Ph: (619) 224-8271

Updated June 2018


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