Easy-to-Grow Natives
for the East Bay

This Easy-to-Grow plant list is our compilation of East Bay plants that are good subjects for a gardener who is not yet familiar with native plants. They are easy-to-moderate to grow and will tolerate a variety of conditions.

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Achillea millefoliumyarrowPerennial herb 1-3 feet tall; spreading, summer dormantFull Sun, Part ShadeLow, ModWhiteBees, Butterflies
Arctostaphylos auriculataMt. Diablo manzanitaEvergreen shrub 4-15 feet tall; grows on dry sites once establishedFull SunLowPinkBees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Arctostaphylos crustacea subsp. crustaceabrittleleaf manzanitaEvergreen 4-9 feet tall; needs dry, well-drained soil Full Sun, Part ShadeVery lowPinkBees, Birds, Hummingbirds
Arctostaphylos glaucabigberry manzanitaEvergreen tree-like shrub 6-20 feet tall; grows on rocky slopesFull SunLowPinkBees, Birds, Hummingbirds
Arctostaphylos manzanita subsp. laevigataContra Costa manzanitaEvergreen shrub to small tree 6-20 feet tall; needs sun, well-drained soilFull Sun, Part ShadeLowWhiteBees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Arctostaphylos manzanita subsp. manzanitacommon manzanitaEvergreen shrub 6-12 feet tall or more; needs well-drained soilFull Sun, Part ShadeLowPinkBees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Arctostaphylos pallidapallid manzanita
Aristolochia californicapipevinePerennial vine 6-12 feet long; winter deciduous, shade, summer waterPart ShadeLow, ModGreenButterflies
Artemisia californicaCalifornia sageEvergreen shrub 1-4 feet tall; hot, dry slopes, no summer waterFull SunVery lowInconspicuousBirds, Butterflies
Asarum caudatumwild gingerPerennial herb 3-5 inches tall; evergreen in deep shade or light wateringFull ShadeHighRedBirds, Butterflies
Asclepias fascicularisnarrow-leaf milkweedPerennial herb up to 9 feet tall; dry clay to loam soils, winter dormantFull SunLow, ModWhiteBirds, Butterflies, Monarch
Baccharis pilularis subsp. consanguineacoyote brushEvergreen shrub up to 8 feet tall; grows in many conditionsFull Sun, Part ShadeLow, Very lowInconspicuousBees, Birds, Butterflies
Berberis aquifolium var. dictyotaOregon grape
Carex praegracilisdeer-bed sedgePerennial grasslike plant to 1.5 feet tall; rhizomatous, moist shade to sunFull Shade, Full Sun, Part ShadeModInconspicuousButterflies
Ceanothus cuneatus var. cuneatusbuckbrushEvergreen shrub 3-11 feet tall; dry slopes and ridges; deer resistantFull Sun, Part ShadeLowBlue, Lavender, WhiteBees, Birds, Butterflies
Ceanothus leucodermischaparral whitethornBlue, Lavender, WhiteButterflies
Ceanothus oliganthus var. sorediatusJim brushEvergreen shrub 3-9 feet tall; full sun or part shade; dry slopes; deer resistantFull Sun, Part ShadeLowBlue, WhiteBees, Birds, Butterflies
Ceanothus thyrsiflorusblue blossomEvergreen shrub 8-12 feet tall; full sun or part shade; blue flowers; evergreenFull Sun, Part ShadeLowBlueBees, Birds, Butterflies
Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. pomeridianumsoap plantHerbaceous perennial bulb, stems to 5 feet tall; well-drained soilFull Sun, Part ShadeLowWhiteBees, Butterflies
Clinopodium douglasiiyerba buenaPerennial ground cover 2-4 inches tall; evergreen, partial shadeFull Shade, Full Sun, Part ShadeLow, ModWhite
Diplacus aurantiacusbush monkeyflowerEvergreen shrub 2-3 feet tall or more; grows in many site conditionsFull Sun, Part ShadeLow, Very lowOrangeBees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Elymus glaucus subsp. glaucusblue wildryePerennial grass up to 4 feet tall; rhizomatous, full sun to partial shadeFull Sun, Part ShadeLowInconspicuousButterflies
Epilobium canum subsp. canumCalifornia fuchsiaPerennial herb 2-3 feet tall; spreading, sunny sites, fall dormantFull SunLow, Very lowRedBirds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifoliumCalifornia buckwheatEvergreen mat or low shrub 3-12 inches tall; variety of well-drained sitesFull SunVery lowWhiteBees, Birds, Butterflies
Festuca californicaCalifornia fescuePerennial grass 1.5-4 feet tall; clumping, sun to partial shade, dry soilsFull Sun, Part ShadeLow, Mod, Very lowInconspicuousButterflies
Fragaria vescawood strawberryPerennial herb 4-6 inches tall; evergreen in shadeFull Shade, Full Sun, Part ShadeLowWhiteBirds, Butterflies
Frangula californica var. californicaCalifornia coffeeberryEvergreen shrub 6-15 feet tall; grows in many garden conditionsFull Sun, Part ShadeLowGreenBees, Birds, Butterflies
Grindelia camporumgumplantPerennial herb 1-3 feet tall; sunny conditions, winter dormantFull SunLow, Mod, Very lowYellowBees, Butterflies
Heteromeles arbutifoliatoyonEvergreen shrub or tree to 20 feet tall; wide range of site conditionsFull Sun, Part ShadeLowWhiteBirds, Butterflies
Holodiscus discolor var. discoloroceansprayDeciduous shrub 3-18 feet tall; full or partial sun,some summer moistureFull Sun, Part ShadeModCream
Iris douglasianaDouglas' irisPerennial herb 12-18 inches tall; evergreen, partial shadeFull Shade, Full Sun, Part ShadeLow, ModPurpleBees
Juncus patensblue rushPerennial grasslike plant 1-3 feet tall; clumping, moist to dryish sites Full Sun, Part ShadeModInconspicuous
Lonicera hispidulaCalifornia honeysucklePerennial vine 12-16 feet tall; evergreen, partial shadePart ShadeLowPinkBees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Lupinus albifrons var. albifronsbush lupineEvergreen shrub 3 feet tall; well-drained sun to partial shadeFull Sun, Part ShadeLow, ModPurpleBees, Butterflies
Melica torreyanaTorrey's melicPerennial grass 1 foot tall, nodding; clumping, dry to moist shadeFull Shade, Part ShadeLowInconspicuousButterflies
Monardella villosa subsp. villosacoyote-mintPerennial herb 0.5-2 feet tall; dry, rocky sites, evergreen in partial shadeFull Sun, Part ShadeLow, Very lowPink, PurpleBees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Polystichum munitumwestern sword fernEvergreen fern 3-6 feet tall; found in shady, wooded hillsides, variable moistureFull Shade, Part ShadeLow, ModNone
Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolataself-healPerennial ground cover 3-4 inches tall; evergreen, sun to partial shadeFull Sun, Part ShadeModPurpleBees
Quercus agrifolia var. agrifoliacoast live oakEvergreen tree 30-75 feet tall; needs summer-dry soil once establishedFull Shade, Full Sun, Part ShadeLow, Very lowInconspicuousBirds, Butterflies
Quercus lobatavalley oakLarge, deciduous tree 60-100 feet tall; grows in deep, well-drained soilsFull SunLow, ModInconspicuousBirds, Butterflies
Ranunculus californicus var. californicusCalifornia buttercupPerennial herb up to 2 feet tall; winter moist summer dry,dormantFull Sun, Part ShadeLow, ModYellowBees, Butterflies
Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosumpink-flowering currantDeciduous shrub up to 10 feet tall; partial shade to full sunFull Shade, Part ShadeLowPinkBees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Rosa californica var. californicaCalifornia roseDeciduous shrub 2-8 feet tall; sunny, moist sitesFull Sun, Part ShadeModPinkBees, Birds, Butterflies
Salvia melliferablack sageEvergreen shrub 4-5 feet tall; sun or light shade, no summer waterFull Sun, Part ShadeLowBlueButterflies, Hummingbirds
Sambucus nigra subsp. caeruleablue elderberryDeciduous shrub or small tree 6-20 feet tall; variable sun and waterFull Sun, Part ShadeLowWhiteBees, Birds
Sidalcea malviflora subsp. malvifloracheckerbloomPerennial herb 1-2 feet tall; dry to slightly moist sites; summer dormantFull Sun, Part ShadeLow, ModPinkBees, Birds, Butterflies
Sisyrinchium bellumblue-eyed-grassPerennial herb 6-8 inches tall; grassland or meadowsFull Sun, Part ShadeLow, ModPurpleButterflies
Solidago velutina subsp. californicaCalifornia goldenrodPerennial herb 1-5 feet tall; full to partial sun, summer water okFull Shade, Full Sun, Part ShadeLow, Mod, Very lowYellowBees, Butterflies
Stipa lepidafoothill needlegrassPerennial grass 1-3 feet tall; clumping, full sun to light shadeFull Shade, Full Sun, Part ShadeLow, Very lowInconspicuousButterflies
Stipa pulchrapurple needlegrassPerennial grass 2-3 feet tall; clumping, dry sun to shade in many sitesFull SunLow, Very lowInconspicuousButterflies
Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatussnowberryDeciduous shrub, 2-7 feet tall; dry shade or light summer water Full Shade, Part ShadeLow, ModPinkBees, Birds, Butterflies
Symphyotrichum chilenseCalifornia asterPerennial herb 1.3-3 feet tall; spreading, many site conditionsFull Sun, Part ShadeLow, Mod, Very lowPinkBees, Birds, Butterflies
Vaccinium ovatumCalifornia huckleberryEvergreen shrub 2-7 feet tall; cool sun or partial shadeFull Sun, Part ShadeLowWhiteBees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Vitis californicaCalifornia grapeWoody perennial vine to 30 feet long; winter deciduous.some water Full Sun, Part ShadeModInconspicuousBirds
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