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Plant Communities

In California, we are privileged to live among a diverse mosaic of plant communities. From the low, dry deserts to moist coastal forests, a variety of plants are perfectly adapted to conditions throughout the state. By taking cues from the plant communities in your area, you will be able to select plants best suited to thrive in your garden.

The below plant communities describe a variety of environments that occur naturally in California. With a little reading and simple investigation, one can easily identify the plant communities in your area. Or, use the INTERACTIVE PLANT COMMUNITY MAP to get started.

Once you have found the local plant communities that make up your environment, you can then find out what plants grow natively there. You just might be inspired to restore a lost connection to the land and plant your own regionally appropriate garden.

What are Native Plants and Why are they Important?

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