The LANPS garden with house in background

Begun in 2010, the creation of the half-acre LANPS garden was inspired by the many mature Coast Live Oaks (Quercus agrifolia) found on the property. Accordingly, a large portion of the garden is an example of “best practices” for gardening in the understory of these magnificent trees, which have a very specific set of cultural requirements.

For example, without exception, the plants in these areas of the garden are to be found growing in the dappled shade of Coast Live Oaks in the wild and require little to no summer irrigation. The “un-oaked” southwestern exposures of the garden borrow from the plant communities of other local habitats such as chaparral, coastal sage scrub and Southern Walnut Savannah.

The LANPS garden

A work in progress, the LANPS garden continues to grow as more and more of the property is replanted with Southern California native plants.

Aside from a few non-local (but California native) plants selected “just because,” all of the plants in the LANPS garden are native to the particular area of Los Angeles in which the garden is located. The use of cultivars is limited and substantial space is reserved for a wide variety of annuals. A few “legacy” non-native plants, such as wisteria, pine and olive, have been “grandfathered” in, but at present, the garden is about 95% California native plants.

As the garden has developed and matured, it has attracted a growing number of resident insect, reptile and bird species. When asked if we grow food in the LANPS garden (a question more frequent than you might imagine) we reply: “Yes. Food for insects and birds.” While we certainly enjoy and appreciate the beauty of California’s native plants on display in the LANPS garden, it really exists for the benefit of the resident Yellow-faced Bumblebees, Western Fence Lizards and Lesser Goldfinches, among others.

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Early blooming Golden Currant (Ribes aureum var. gracillimum)

Spotted Humboldt Lily shoot pushing up through oak duff after the first rain of the season (Lilium humboldtii. ssp. ocellatum)

Shiny, new “leaves of three” on poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)

Fragrant Pitcher Sage (Lepechenia fragrans)


A plant

Reawakening California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum ssp. canum)

Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum), a member of the Mustard family

A plant with white flower next to a rock

Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

Wildflower meadow: Arroyo Lupine  (Lupinus succulentus)

Plant with purple flower next to a rock

California Four O’Clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia)

Hoary Ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolius) in full bloom. A true Southern California native Ceanothus.


Plant with purple flower

Fiesta Flower (Pholistoma auritum)

Plant with yellow flowers

Golden Currant (Ribes aureum var. gracillimum)

Plant with white flowers

Redskin Onion (Allium haematochiton)

Plant with purple flower

Longleaf Bush Lupine (Lupinus longifolius)

Plants with orange flowers

First California Poppies of spring (Eschscholzia californica)

Plant with purple flower

Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum)

Plants with yellow flowers

Bush Poppy (Dendromecon rigida)

Plants with yellow flowers

Foothill Poppies (Eschscholzia caespitosa)

Plant with pink flowers

Tomcat Clover (Trifolium wildenovii)

Plants with magenta flowers

Red Maids (Calandrinia ciliata)

Hairy Ceanothus (Ceanothus oliganthus), another true Southern California ceanothus


Raindrops on Longleaf Bush Lupine (Lupinus longifolius)

Arroyo Lupine petals after the rain (Lupinus succulentus)

Plant with orange flower

Southern Bush Monkeyflower (Diplacus longiflorus)

Purple Owl’s Clover (Castilleja exserta), a hemiparasite that draws nutrients from surrounding plants


Field of yellow flowers

Wildflower Meadow: Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)

Plant with white flowers

Fairy Lanterns (Calochortus albus)

Plant with red flowers

Scarlet Bugler (Pentstemon centranthifolius)

Plant with purple flowers

California Bluebell (Phacelia minor)

Plant with yellow flowers

Goldenstars (Bloomeria crocea)

Plant with white flowers

Caterpillar Phacelia (Phacelia cicutaria)

Plant with purple flowers

Chia (Salvia columbariae)

Plant with white flower

Toluaca (Datura wrightii)

Plant with light purple flower

Blue Field Gilia (Gilia capitata)


Plant with purple flowers

Showy Penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis)

Plant with purple flowers

Fragrant Pitcher Sage (Lepechinia fragrans)

Plant with purple flowers

Prickly Phlox (Linanthus californicus)

Plant with yellow flowers

Canyon Sunflower (Venegasia carpesioides)

Plant with red flowers

Spotted Humboldt’s Lilies (Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum)

Plant with red flower

Western Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)

Plants in long pots

Walnut seedlings (Juglans californica)

Plant with purple flowers

Chaparral Snapdragon (Antirrhinum multiflorum)

Plants growing

Spotted Humboldt’s Lily seedlings (Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum)


Plant with purple flowers

Wooly Blue Curls (Trichostema lanatum)

Plant with white and yellow flower

Cliff Aster (Malacothrix saxatilis)

Plant with light purple flowers

Punch Bowl Godetia (Clarkia bottae)


Dried grass

Wildflower Meadow in Summer

Plant with white flowers

Eastern Mojave Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum)

Plant with red flowers

Climbing Pentstemon (Keckiella cordifolia)

Plant with pink flowers

Chaparral Mallow ‘Casitas’ (Malacothamnus fasciculatus ‘Casitas’)

New plants growing in plastic containers

Hollyleaf Redberry seedlings (Rhamnus illicifolia)

Dried grass

Caterpillar Phacelia (Phacelia cicutaria)


New plants growing in plastic containers

Blue Elderberry seedlings (Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea)

plants with purple flowers

California Aster (Corethrogyne filaginafolia)

Green flowers

Longstem Buckwheat (Eriogonum elongatum)


Dried red flowers

Eastern Mojave Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolusum)

Acorns in a basket

Acorns: Coast Live Oak (Quercus agricola)

Cactus with red flowers

California Fuchsia (Epliobium canum ssp. canum) and Coast Prickly Pear (Opuntia littoralis)



Coast Live Oak duff (Quercus agricola)


Yellow flower

Menzies’ Goldenbush (Isocoma menziesii)


Walnuts in in pots

Planting Southern California Walnut seeds (Juglans californica) gathered in the fall

Walnut on soil in pot

A single Southern California Walnut seed (Juglans californica)

Ripe Toyon Berries (Heteromeles arbutifolia)


Plants in the Garden – April 2022

Scientific Name Common Name
Acer macrophyllum* Big Leaf Maple
Acmispon glaber* Deer Weed
Acourtia microcephala* Sacapellote
Adenostema fasciculatum* Chamise
Adiantum capillus-veneris* Southern Maidenhair Fern
Allium haematochiton* Wild Onion
Amorpha californica* California False Indigo
Antirrhinum multiflorum* Withered Snapdragon
Aquilegia formosa* Western Columbine
Artemisa californica* California Sagebrush
Artemisia douglasiana* Mugwort
Baccharis salicifolia* Mule Fat
Berberis repens Creeping Barbery
Boykinia rotundifolia* Round Leaf Boykinia
Brickellia californica* California Brickelbush
Bloomeria crocea* Golden Stars
Calochortus albus* Fairy Lanterns
Calochorus catalinae Catalina Mariposa Lily
Calochortus clavatus v. gracilis * Mariposa Lilly
Calochortus plummerae* Plummer’s Mariposa Lilly
Calystegia macrostegia* Pink Morning Glory
Carex spissa* San Diego Sedge
Ceanothus crassifolius* Hoary Leaf Ceanothus
Ceanothus oliganthus* Hairy Ceanothus
Cercocarpes betuloides* Mountain Mahogany
Ceratophyllum demersum Hornwort
Chloragalum pomeridianum* Soap Plant
Corethrogyne filaginafolia* California Aster
Datura wrightii* Sacred Datura
Delphinium cardinale* Scarlet Larkspur
Delphinium parryi* Parry’s Larkspur
Dendromecon rigida* Bush Poppy
Deschampsia elongata Slender Hairgrass
Dichelostema capitatum* Blue Dicks
Diplacus longiflorus* Southern Bush Monkeyflower
Drymocalis glandulosa* Sticky Cinquefoil
Dryopteris arguta* Coast Woodfern
Dudleya cymosa* Canyon Liveforever
Dudleya lanceolata Lance-leafed Dudleya
Elymus condensatus* Giant Wild Rye
Elymus condensatus ‘Canyon Prince’ Giant Wild Rye
Elymus glauca* Blue Wild Rye
Encelia californica* California Bush Sunflower
Epilobium canum v. canum* California Fuschia
Epipactis gigantea* Stream Orchid
Eriodictyon crassifolium* Thickleaf Yerba Santa
Eriogonum elongatum* Wand Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum v. foliolosum* Flat-topped Buckwheat
Eriophyllum confertiflorum* Golden Yarrow
Erysimum capitatum* Western Wallflower
Erythranthe cardinalis* Scarlet Monkeyflower
Erythranthe guttata* Seep Monkeyflower
Frangula californica* Coffe Berry
Frangula californica ‘Mound St. Bruno’ Coffee Berry ‘Mound St. Bruno’
Gallium porrigens* Nuttal’s Bedstraw
Gambelia speciosa ‘Firecracker’ Island Snapdragon
Hazardia squarrosa v. grindelioides* Saw-toothed Goldenbush
Helenium puberulum* Sneezeweed
Helianthus gracilentus* Slender Sunflower
Hesperoyucca whipplei* Our Lord’s Candle
Heteromeles arbutifolia* Toyon
Heuchera maxima Island Alumroot
Hoita macrostachya* Leather Root
Isocoma menziesii* Menzie’s Goldenbush
Juglans californica* Southern California Black Walnut
Juncus textilis* Basket Rush
Juncus xiphioides* Irisleaf Rush
Keckiella antirrhinoides Yellow Bush Pentstemon
Keckiella cordifolia* Heart-shaped Pentstemmon
Lepechinia fragrans* Fragrant Pitcher Sage
Lillium humboldtii v. ocellatum* Spotted Hunboldt Lily
Lonicera supspicata v. denudata* Chaparral Honeysuckle
Lupinus formosus* Summer Lupine
Malacothamnus fasciulatus  ‘Casitas’ Chaparral Bush Mallow
Malacothrix saxatilis* Cliff Aster
Malosma laurina* Laurel Sumac
Marah macrocarpa* Wild Cucumber
Melica imperfecta* Onion Grass
Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia* California Four O’Clock
Muilla maritima* Sea Muilla
Opunita littoralis* Coast Prickly Pear
Pellaea andromedifolia* Coffee Fern
Pentsemmon centranthifolius* Scarlet Bugler
Pentstemon heterophyllus* Foothill Penstemon
Pentstemmon heterophyllus ‘BOP’ Foothill Pentsemon
Penstemon x. parishii* Penstemon hybrid
Pentsemmon spectabilis* Royal Pentstemon
Phacelia ramosissima* Branching Phacelia
Platanus racemosa* California Sycamore
Polypodium californicum* California Polypody
Populus fremontii* Fremont Cottonwood
Prunus ilicifolia* Holly-leaf Cherry
Pseudognaphalium bicolor bioletti* Bioletti’s Cudweed
Pseudognaphalium californicum* California Cudweed
Pseudognaphalium microcephalum* Wright’s Cudweed
Quercus agrifolia* Coast Live Oak
Quercus berberidifolia* Scrub Oak
Ranunculus californicus* California Buttercup
Rhamnus crocea* Spiny Redberry
Rhamnus ilicifolia* Holly Leaf Redberry
Rhus aromatica* Basket Bush, Skunk Bush
Rhus integrifolia* Lemonade Berry
Rhus ovata* Sugar Bush
Ribes aureum v. gracillimum* Golden Currant
Ribes amarum Bitter Gooseberry
Ribes malvaceum  Chaparral Current
Ribes malvaceum var. viridifolium* Chaparral Current
Ribes speciosum* Fuschia-Flowering Gooseberry
Ribes viburnifolium Catalina Current
Rosa californica* California Wildrose
Rubus ursinus* California Blackberry
Salix gooddingii* Goodding’s Black Willow
Salix lasiolepis* Arroyo Willow
Salvia apiana* White Sage
Salvia clevelandii Allen Chickering’ Allen Chickering Sage
Saliva leucophylla ‘Bee’s Bliss’ Bee’s Bliss Sage
Salvia leucophylla Purple Sage
Salvia mellifera* Black Sage
Salvia mellifera ‘Terra Seca’ Black Sage
Saliva spathacea*  Hummingbird Sage
Salvia spathacea ‘Pilitas’ Hummingbird Sage
Salvia spathacea ‘Topanga’ Hummingbird Sage
Sambucus nigra ssp. Caerula* California Elderberry
Scrophularia californica* Bee Plant
Silene laciniata* Indian Pink
Solanum douglasii* Douglas’ White Nightshade
Solanum xanti* Purple Nightshade
Solanum xanti ‘Mountain Pride’ Purple Nightshade ‘Mountain Pride’
Stachy bullata* Hedge Nettle
Stipa cernua* Nodding Needlegrass
Stipa coronata* Giant Needlegrass
Stipa lepida* Foothill Needlegrass
Stipa pulcra* Purple Needlegrass
Symphoricarpos mollis* Snow Berry
Sisyrinchium bellum* Blue-Eyed Grass
Thalictrum fendleri* Meadow Rue
Trichostema lanatum*  Wooly Blue Curls
Toxicodendron diversilobum* Poison Oak
Umbelluaria californica* California Bay Laurel
Venegasia carpesioides* Canyon Sunflower
Verbena lasiostachys* Western Vervain
Vitis girdiana Desert Wild Grape
Woodwardia fimbriata* Giant Chain Fern


Acmispon americanus* Bird’s Foot Trefoil
Calandrinia ciliata* Red Maids
Clarkia bottae* Bottae’s Clarkia
Claytonia perfoliata* Miners’ Lettuce
Collinsia heterophylla*  Chinese Houses
Deinandra fasciulata* Clustered Tarweed
Eschscholzia caespitosa*  Tufted Poppy
Eschscholzia californica* California Poppy
Gilia capitatum* Globe Gilia
Helianthus annuus* Sunflower
Layia platyglossa* Tidy Tips
Lupinus bicolor* Miniature Lupine
Lupinus succulentus* Arroyo Lupine
Lupinus truncatus* Collared Annual Lupine
Nemophila menzesii* Baby Blue Eyes
Phacelia cicutaria* Caterpillar Phacelia
Phacelia distans* Common Phacelia
Phacelia minor* California Blue Bells
Pholistoma auritum* Fiesta Flower
Plantago erecta* Dwarf Plantain
Salvia columbariae* Chia


Abutilon palmeri Indian Mallow
Fouquiera splendens Ocotillo
Dudleya densiflora San Gabriel Mountains Dudleya
Dudleya pulverulenta Chalk Dudleya
Dudleya traskiae Santa Barbara Island Liveforever
Sedum spathulifolium Yellow Stonecrop

* Listed as growing/having grown within study area: VASCULAR FLORA OF THE VERDUGO MOUNTAINS AND SAN RAFAEL HILLS,
Valerie L. Soza, LeRoy Gross, Steve Boyd, and Naomi Fraga