UCSB Native Plant Guide

Native Plants

White Sage 

(Salvia apiana)

White sage’s unusual flower structure requires heavy pollinators— like bumble bees or carpenter bees—to push down the petals and access the nectar 








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Caterpillar Phacelia

(Phacelia ramosissima)

Phacelia is native to California and attracts native bees and butterflies 











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(Acmispon glaber)

Deerweed is a coastal sage scrub plant native to California and important for nitrogen fixation, After pollination, its flowers turn from yellow to orange and often fall off, which directs pollinators to unpollinated plants.




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Santa Barbara Milkvetch

(Astragalaus trichopodus)

Santa Barbara Milkvetch is native to Southern California and visited by butterflies and native bees











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Bitter Gooseberry

(Ribes Amarum)

Bitter gooseberry is endemic to california. Its flowers and fruit attract both bees and birds!
























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Blue Elderberry

(Sambucus cerulea)

Elderberry flowers provide nectar and pollen for many insects, and are frequented by native bees, moths, and butterflies. It’s also an important food source for birds.


California Coffeeberry

(Frangula californica)

This native California plant gets its name from its coffee bean-shaped seeds. It provides food for native bees and many birds.


California Fushcia

(Epilobium canum)

California fuschia attracts several bees and insects, including carpenter bees, which pierce the base of the flower to rob its nectar. The red tubular flowers also attract hummingbirds.


Purple Sage

(Salvia leucophylla)

This shrub is native along the southern coast of California. Nicknamed “Bee’s Bliss,” it produces purple flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.



Weed Guide (pull these out!)

Scarlet Pimpernel 

(Lysamachia arvensis)


An invasive species native to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. Toxic if consumed.


















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Flax-leaved Horseweed

(Erigeron bonariensis)


This weed is most likely native to Central and South America. It is a pioneer plant, meaning it helps rehabilitate an ecosystem when it undergoes succession. However, because it is not native to California it absorbs the nutrients that help sustain the native life here.









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Jersey Cudweed

(Psudeognaphalium luteo-album)


This species is so widely distributed that it is unclear where it is native to. However, it is known that it is not native to California.








Four-leaved allseed

(Polycarpon tetraphyllum)


This weed is native to Europe and is found in sandy, coastal areas.















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Panic veldtgrass

(Ehrharta erecta)


This plant is native to Southern Africa and Yemen. It is considered an invasive species and can form new plants every few weeks.
















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Spiny sowthistle

(Sonchus asper)


A widespread plant in the dandelion tribe within the daisy family. Native to Europe, North Africa, and western Asia, it is regarded as a noxious, invasive weed in many places.




































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Foxtail chess

(Bromus madridtensis)


This plant is a grass native to southern and western Europe. It was brought to North America in 1848.
















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Seaside barley

(Hordeum marinum)


A species of grass not native to California.



















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