Plant Guide – By Common Name

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  • Side view of pink California Bee Plant Blossom
    Common Name:

    California Bee Plant

    Scientific Name:

    Scrophularia californica

    Family Name:

    Scrophulariaceae

  • Branch with green leaves and orange round berries
    Common Name:

    California Box Thorn

    Scientific Name:

    Lycium californicum

    Family Name:

    Solanaceae

  • California Brickellbushes lining the Rios trailside
    Common Name:

    California Brickellbush

    Scientific Name:

    Brickellia californica

    Family Name:

    Asteraceae

  • small white California Buckwheat blossoms
    Common Name:

    California Buckwheat

    Scientific Name:

    Eriogonum fasciculatum

    Family Name:

    Polygonaceae

  • long grassy California Bulrush plant
    Common Name:

    California Bulrush

    Scientific Name:

    Schoenoplectus californicus

    Family Name:

    Cyperaceae

  • Close up of brown and green cord grass
    Common Name:

    California Cord Grass

    Scientific Name:

    Spartina foliosa

    Family Name:

    Poaceae

  • male California Croton plant with two leaves and small flowers
    Common Name:

    California Croton

    Scientific Name:

    Croton californicus

    Family Name:

    Euphorbiaceae

  • bright orange tangled tendrils of California Dodder
    Common Name:

    California Dodder

    Scientific Name:

    Cuscuta californica

    Family Name:

    Convolvulaceae

  • close up of dry pappus cream and brown colored flower
    Common Name:

    California Everlasting

    Scientific Name:

    Pseudognaphalium californicum

    Family Name:

    Asteraceae

  • yellow cluster of small flowers tangled together
    Common Name:

    California Mugwort

    Scientific Name:

    Artemisia douglasiana

    Family Name:

    Asteraceae

  • large leafed plant, leaves have multiple leaves extend out
    Common Name:

    California Polypody

    Scientific Name:

    Polypodium californicum

    Family Name:

    Polypodiaceae

  • field with orange-yellow flowers scattered throughout
    Common Name:

    California Poppy

    Scientific Name:

    Eschscholzia californica

    Family Name:

    Papaveraceae

  • tall brush leaves
    Common Name:

    California Sagebrush

    Scientific Name:

    Artemisia californica

    Family Name:

    Asteraceae

  • small purple and white flowers on a branch
    Common Name:

    California Sea Lavender

    Scientific Name:

    Limonium californicum

    Family Name:

    Plumbaginaceae

  • three circular yellow flowers
    Common Name:

    California Sun Cup

    Scientific Name:

    Camissoniopsis bistorta

    Family Name:

    Onagraceae

  • tree with 3 stemmed leaves
    Common Name:

    California Sycamore

    Scientific Name:

    Platanus racemosa

    Family Name:

    Platanaceae

  • red flowers clustered together on a branch
    Common Name:

    Castor Bean (not native)

    Scientific Name:

    Ricinus communis

    Family Name:

    Euphorbiaceae

  • white succulent looking plant with long stems
    Common Name:

    Chalk Dudleya

    Scientific Name:

    Dudleya pulverulenta

    Family Name:

    Crassulaceae

  • white bush plant
    Common Name:

    Chamise

    Scientific Name:

    Adenostoma fasciculatum

    Family Name:

    Rosaceae

  • light purple flowers on a branch
    Common Name:

    Chaparral Mallow

    Scientific Name:

    Malacothamnus fasciculatus

    Family Name:

    Malvaceae

  • tree covered in purple flowers and green leaves
    Common Name:

    Chaparral Sweet Pea

    Scientific Name:

    Lathyrus vestitus

    Family Name:

    Fabaceae

  • White flowers with purple tips
    Common Name:

    Chaparral Yucca

    Scientific Name:

    Hesperoyucca Whipplei

    Family Name:

    Agavaceae

  • close up of purple flowers
    Common Name:

    Chinese Houses

    Scientific Name:

    Collinsia heterophylla

    Family Name:

    Plantaginaceae

  • bush full of green leaves and tiny white and red flowers throughout
    Common Name:

    Cliff Spurge

    Scientific Name:

    Euphorbia misera

    Family Name:

    Euphorbiaceae

  • bunch of white and purple flowers in bushes
    Common Name:

    Climbing Milkweed

    Scientific Name:

    Funastrum cynanchoides

    Family Name:

    Apocynaceae

  • field of curled stems with yellow flowers sprouting from the top
    Common Name:

    Coast Fiddleneck

    Scientific Name:

    Amsinckia intermedia

    Family Name:

    Baraginaceae

  • green base with red branches
    Common Name:

    Coast Woolly Heads

    Scientific Name:

    Nemacaulis denudata

    Family Name:

    Polygonaceae

  • field with cobweb covered weed-like plants
    Common Name:

    Cobwebby Thistle

    Scientific Name:

    Cirsium occidentale

    Family Name:

    Asteraceae

  • leaves and pods in a bush
    Common Name:

    Cocklebur

    Scientific Name:

    Xanthium strumarium

    Family Name:

    Asteraceae

  • close up of dark and light purple flowers
    Common Name:

    Collared Lupine

    Scientific Name:

    Lupinus truncatus

    Family Name:

    Fabaceae

  • Patch of small white flowers in a field
    Common Name:

    Common Cryptantha

    Scientific Name:

    Cryptantha intermedia

    Family Name:

    Boraginaceae

  • Green bush with small white flowers
    Common Name:

    Common Eucrypta

    Scientific Name:

    Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia

    Family Name:

    Boraginaceae

  • Light and dark yellow flowers blooming
    Common Name:

    Common Goldenstar

    Scientific Name:

    Bloomeria crocea

    Family Name:

    Themidaceae

  • Small purple flowers
    Common Name:

    Common Phacelia

    Scientific Name:

    Phacelia distans

    Family Name:

    Boraginaceae

  • bush shedding fluffy white seeds
    Common Name:

    Coyote Brush

    Scientific Name:

    Baccharis pilularis

    Family Name:

    Asteraceae

  • single white flowers on top of stems in a field
    Common Name:

    Cream Cups

    Scientific Name:

    Platystemon californicus

    Family Name:

    Papaveraceae