Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The SBBG is dedicated to the study, display and preservation of California's native flora, and offers an extensive public education program.


Scientific Name Common Name Duration Habit Sun Water
Abies bracteata Bristlecone fir Perennial Tree Sun
Abies concolor White fir, Balsam fir, Colorado fir, Concolor fir, Silver fir, White balsam, Oyamel de California Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade
Abies grandis Giant fir, Grand fir Perennial Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Acalypha californica California copperleaf Perennial Subshrub, Shrub Sun, Part-shade
Acer circinatum Oregon vine maple, Vine maple Perennial Shrub, Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist
Acer macrophyllum Bigleaf maple, Big-leaf maple Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Achillea millefolium Common yarrow, Western yarrow, Yarrow, Milfoil Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Achnatherum coronatum Giant rice grass, Giant ricegrass, Needle-and-thread grass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Achnatherum hymenoides Indian ricegrass, Indian Millet, Sandgrass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Achnatherum lettermanii Letterman's needlegrass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun
Achnatherum speciosum Desert needlegrass, Desert rice grass, Spear grass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Aconitum columbianum Columbian monkshood Perennial Herb Shade Moist
Actaea rubra Red baneberry Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Adenostoma fasciculatum Chamise, Common chamise, Greasewood Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Adenostoma sparsifolium Redshank, Ribbon bush, Ribbonwood Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Adiantum capillus-veneris Southern maidenhair fern, Common maidenhair fern, Maidenhair fern, Venus hair fern Perennial Fern Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Aesculus californica California buckeye Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Agastache urticifolia Nettleleaf giant hyssop, Nettle-leaf Horsemint Perennial Subshrub Part-shade
Agave deserti Desert agave, Desert century plant, Century plant Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Agave shawii Coastal agave, Boundary century plant, Shaw's century plant Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Agave utahensis Utah agave Perennial Subshrub Sun Dry
Agrimonia gryposepala Tall hairy agrimony, Agrimony Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Moist
Allium amplectens Narrowleaf onion Perennial Herb
Allium dichlamydeum Coastal onion Perennial Herb
Allium peninsulare Mexicali onion Perennial Herb
Allium praecox Early onion Perennial Herb
Allium unifolium Oneleaf onion Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist
Allium validum Pacific onion, Swamp onion, Tall swamp onion Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Alnus rhombifolia White alder Perennial Tree Part-shade Wet
Aloysia wrightii Wright's beebrush, Wright's lippia Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Ambrosia dumosa Burrobush, White bursage, White bur sage Perennial Subshrub Sun
Amelanchier utahensis Utah serviceberry Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Anemopsis californica Yerba mansa, Yerba-mansa, Lizard tail Perennial Herb Sun Wet
Apocynum cannabinum Indian hemp, Prairie dogbane, Hemp dogbane, Dogbane Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Aquilegia eximia Van Houtte's columbine, Serpentine columbine Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Aquilegia formosa Western columbine, Crimson columbine, Scarlet columbine, Red columbine Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Aquilegia pubescens Sierra columbine, Sierran columbine Perennial Herb Part-shade Wet
Aralia californica California spikenard Perennial Herb Part-shade