Natives are generally defined as plants that occur naturally, or have been in an area for a very long time (endemic plants are ones that occur naturally AND uniquely in an area, and nowhere else).
California natives are well suited for Sonoma County because they:
- Are water thrifty and drought tolerant
- Are suited to the climate and soil types of the area
- Look right with the natural landscape
Sonoma County Master Gardener information on natives includes:
- Natives Now! Introduction to California Natives Umbellularia_Californica
- Why Plant Natives?
- Tips and Tricks for native plants
- Planting Under Oak Trees
- Growing Native Plants (pdf)
Other Native Plant Resources:
Theodore Payne Foundation
Other reading on native plants:
Bornstein, Fross, O’Brien, California Native Plants for the Garden, 2005.
Lowry, Judith Larner, Gardening with a Wild Heart, 1999.
Smith, M. Nevin, Native Treasures, 2006.
Pacific Horticulture magazine (quarterly)
Fremontia, quarterly journal of the California Native Plant Society
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