California’s native plants are deeply rooted in the history of the Golden State — and it’s no different in Sacramento. We have over 400 plants native to our valley.
With that, here are four no-fuss native plants that you’ll see a lot of in Sacramento — and that would look great in your yard.
This is the state’s flower for good reason —these hardy, beautiful, drought-tolerant blooms will grow about anywhere you put them all year long, bringing cheer and pollinators with them.
A wildly easy plant to grow, flowering best in spring + a favorite for attracting butterflies — Miwok tribes have also utilized it for pain relief and to treat colds.
- Water needs: Enjoys very little water + does not like very wet soil
- Sun needs: Takes whatever you have — does great in full sun to full shade
The summer heat in Sacramento is no joke — except to this plant endemic to our foothills, which is often the only wildflower in bloom during June + July. Pro tip: Plant this flower in your garden if you’d like to attract hummingbirds.
- Water needs: Can sustain itself on next to no water, but needs a drink here and there
- Sun needs: Grows best in full sun
These stately sentinels dot the Sacramento Valley as a keystone species, supporting 300 animals, 1,000+ plants, and thousands of other organisms.
- Water needs: Light irrigation, with waterings no more than two times a month in summer
- Sun needs: Takes the sun all day long
Want to know more about these natives or others that you’ve spotted on your strolls around Sacramento? Check out the California Native Plant Society’s CalScape.