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
Arbutus menziesii Pacific madrone, Oregon laurel, Laurelwood Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Arctostaphylos canescens Hoary manzanita Perennial Shrub Sun Moist
Arctostaphylos columbiana Hairy manzanita Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Arctostaphylos densiflora Vine Hill manzanita Perennial Subshrub, Shrub Sun, Part-shade
Arctostaphylos edmundsii Little Sur manzanita Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Arctostaphylos glandulosa Eastwood's manzanita Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Arctostaphylos glauca Bigberry manzanita, Blue manzanita Perennial Shrub, Tree
Arctostaphylos hookeri Hooker's manzanita, Monterey manzanita Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Arctostaphylos patula Greenleaf manzanita, Green-leaf manzanita Perennial Shrub Sun Moist
Arctostaphylos pungens Pointleaf manzanita, Mexican Manzanita Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Kinnikinnick, Red bearberry, Kinnikinnik Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Argentina egedii ssp. egedii Pacific silverweed, Beach Silverweed Perennial Herb
Aristida purpurea Purple threeawn, Purple 3-awn, Purple three-awn, Red threeawn Annual Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Aristida purpurea var. nealleyi Blue threeawn Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Aristolochia californica California dutchman's pipe Perennial Vine Part-shade Moist
Artemisia californica Coastal sagebrush, California sagebrush Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Artemisia douglasiana Douglas mugwort, Douglas' sagewort Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Artemisia ludoviciana Louisiana artemisia, Louisiana sage, White sage, Prairie sage, Silver sage, White sagebrush, Louisiana wormwood, Silver wormwood, Louisiana sagewort, Gray sagewort, Cudweed sagewort, Mugwort wormwood Perennial Subshrub Sun Dry
Artemisia palmeri San Diego sagebrush, San Diego sagewort Perennial Subshrub Sun Moist
Artemisia pycnocephala Beach sagebrush, Beach wormwood, Sand hill sage Perennial Subshrub Sun Dry
Artemisia tridentata Big sagebrush, Great Basin sagebrush Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Asarum caudatum British Columbia wild ginger, Long-tail wild ginger Perennial Herb Shade Moist
Asclepias californica California milkweed Perennial Herb
Asclepias speciosa Showy milkweed Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Asyneuma prenanthoides California harebell, Nodding harebell Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Moist
Atriplex canescens Chamiso, Four-wing saltbush, Wing-scale Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Atriplex lentiformis Big saltbush, Coastal quail bush, Quailbush, Saltbush Perennial Subshrub Sun Moist
Baccharis pilularis Coyotebrush, Chaparral broom, Coyote bush Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Batis maritima Turtleweed, Seaside saltwort Perennial Shrub Sun Moist
Betula occidentalis Mountain birch, Water birch Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Blechnum spicant Deer fern Perennial Herb, Fern Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Bothriochloa barbinodis Cane bluestem Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Bouteloua curtipendula Sideoats grama, Banderilla, Banderita, Navajita Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Bouteloua eriopoda Black grama Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Bouteloua gracilis Blue grama Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Boykinia occidentalis Coast Boykinia, Coastal brookfoam Perennial Herb
Boykinia rotundifolia Roundleaf brookfoam Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Brodiaea californica California brodiaea Perennial Herb
Brodiaea coronaria Crown brodiaea, Harvest brodiaea Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Brodiaea elegans Harvest brodiaea, Elegant cluster-lily Perennial Herb Part-shade
Brodiaea minor Vernalpool brodiaea Perennial Herb
Calliandra eriophylla Pink fairyduster, Fairyduster, Mesquitilla, Mock mesquite Perennial Subshrub Sun Dry
Calocedrus decurrens Incense cedar, Incense-cedar Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Dry
Calochortus catalinae Santa Catalina mariposa lily Perennial Herb
Calochortus kennedyi Desert mariposa lily, Desert mariposa, Red mariposa-lily, Flame mariposa Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Calochortus luteus Yellow mariposa lily Perennial Herb
Calochortus venustus Butterfly mariposa lily, Square mariposa lily, White mariposa lily Perennial Herb Part-shade
Calochortus vestae Coast range mariposa lily Perennial Herb
Calycanthus occidentalis Western sweetshrub, California sweet shrub, Spice bush, Western spicebush Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist
Carex barbarae Santa Barbara sedge Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade
Carex obnupta Slough sedge Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade
Carex pansa Sanddune sedge Perennial Grass/Grass-like
Carex pellita Woolly sedge Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Wet
Carex spissa San Diego sedge Perennial Grass/Grass-like Shade Wet
Carpenteria californica Bush anemone, Tree anemone, Tree-anemone Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Ceanothus arboreus Feltleaf, Feltleaf ceanothus, Island ceanothus, Island mountain lilac Perennial Shrub Sun
Ceanothus greggii var. vestitus Mojave ceanothus, Desert ceanothus Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Ceanothus griseus Carmel ceanothus, Carmel creeper, Yankee Point ceanothus Perennial Shrub
Ceanothus hearstiorum Hearst Ranch buckbrush Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Ceanothus impressus Santa Barbara ceanothus, Santa Barbara buckbrush Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Ceanothus leucodermis Chaparral whitethorn, Jackbrush Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Ceanothus spinosus Redheart, Greenbark ceanothus, Red-heart mountain lilac Perennial Shrub
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Blueblossom, Bluebrush, Blue blossom Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Ceanothus tomentosus Woolyleaf ceanothus, Woolly-leaf mountain lilac, Ramona lilac Perennial Shrub
Celtis laevigata var. reticulata Netleaf hackberry, Netleaf sugar hackberry, Western hackberry, Sugar hackberry, Texas sugarberry, Palo blanco, Acibuche Perennial Tree Part-shade
Cephalanthus occidentalis Common buttonbush, Buttonbush, Button willow Perennial Shrub Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Cercocarpus montanus var. glaber Smooth mountain mahogany, Birchleaf mountain mahogany, True mountain mahogany, Hard tack Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Cercocarpus montanus var. minutiflorus Smooth mountain mahogany, San Diego mountain-mahogany Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Chamaebatiaria millefolium Desert sweet, Fernbush, Tansy bush Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Port Orford cedar, Lawson false cypress, Lawson's false cypress Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Chlorogalum pomeridianum Wavyleaf soap plant, Wavyleaf Soap-plant Perennial Herb
Clematis lasiantha Pipestem clematis, Pipestems, Chaparral clematis Perennial Vine Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Cleome isomeris Bladderpod spiderflower, Bladderpod Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Clinopodium douglasii Oregon-tea, Yerba buena Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Cneoridium dumosum Bush rue, Bush-rue Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Comarostaphylis diversifolia Summer holly, Summer-blooming manzanita, Mock arbutus, Mock arbute Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Comarostaphylis diversifolia ssp. planifolia Channel Island summer holly, Summer holly Perennial Shrub, Tree Sun, Part-shade
Constancea nevinii Nevin's woolly sunflower, Catalina silverlace Perennial Subshrub Sun
Coreopsis gigantea Giant coreopsis, Giant tickseed, Tree coreopsis Perennial Herb Sun
Cornus glabrata Brown dogwood, Smooth-leaf dogwood Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet
Cornus sericea ssp. sericea Redosier dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Corylus cornuta var. californica California hazelnut Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Crataegus douglasii Black hawthorn Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Cupressus bakeri Modoc cypress, Baker Cypress Perennial Tree
Cupressus forbesii Tecate cypress Perennial Tree Sun
Cupressus macnabiana MacNab's cypress Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Cupressus macrocarpa Monterey cypress Perennial Tree Sun
Cupressus sargentii Sargent's cypress, Sargent Cypress Perennial Tree
Cylindropuntia bigelovii Teddybear cholla Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Cypripedium californicum California lady's slipper Perennial Herb
Cypripedium montanum Mountain lady's slipper Perennial Herb
Danthonia californica California oatgrass, California wild oat grass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade Moist
Darlingtonia californica California pitcherplant, Cobra Plant Perennial Subshrub
Darmera peltata Indian rhubarb, Indian-rhubarb, Umbrella plant Perennial Herb Part-shade Wet
Dendromecon harfordii Harford's tree poppy, Channel Island tree poppy, Island tree poppy Perennial Shrub, Tree Sun
Dicentra formosa Pacific bleeding heart, Pacific bleedinghearts, Western bleedingheart Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Dichelostemma capitatum Bluedicks Perennial Herb
Dichelostemma congestum Ookow Perennial Herb
Dichelostemma ida-maia Firecracker flower Perennial Herb
Diplacus aurantiacus ssp. aurantiacus Orange bush monkeyflower Perennial Subshrub
Diplacus grandiflorus Largeflower bush-monkeyflower, Large-flowered bush-monkeyflower, Azalea-flowered bush-monkeyflower, Azalea-flower bush-monkeyflower, Azalea-flowered diplacus, Azalea-flower diplacus Perennial Herb Part-shade
Diplacus longiflorus Southern bush monkeyflower Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Diplacus parviflorus Island bush monkeyflower Perennial Subshrub
Diplacus puniceus Red bush monkeyflower, Mission diplacus Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Drosera anglica English sundew, Narrowleaf sundew Perennial Herb
Drosera rotundifolia Roundleaf sundew Perennial Herb Sun Wet
Dryopteris arguta Coastal wood fern, Coastal woodfern Perennial Herb, Fern Shade, Part-shade Moist
Dudleya farinosa Bluff lettuce, Powdery live-forever, Powdery liveforever Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Dudleya lanceolata Lanceleaf liveforever Perennial Herb
Dudleya virens ssp. hassei Bright green dudleya, Santa Catalina dudleya Perennial Herb
Echinocereus engelmannii Engelmann's hedgehog cactus, Saints cactus, Hedgehog cactus, Strawberry cactus, Strawberry hedgehog cactus, Purple torch Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Echinocereus triglochidiatus Claret cup, Claret cup cactus, Hedgehog cactus, Kingcup cactus, Mojave mound, Mohave mound Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Elymus glaucus Blue wild rye, Blue wildrye Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade Moist
Elymus trachycaulus ssp. trachycaulus Slender wheatgrass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun
Encelia californica California brittlebush, Coast sunflower Perennial Shrub Sun
Encelia farinosa Brittlebush, Goldhills, Incienso Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Encelia virginensis Virgin River brittlebush Perennial Shrub
Enceliopsis covillei Panamint daisy, Sunray Perennial Subshrub
Ephedra nevadensis Nevada jointfir, Nevada joint-fir Perennial Shrub Sun
Ephedra viridis Mormon tea Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Epilobium canum Hummingbird trumpet, California fuchsia, Zauschneria Perennial Subshrub
Epilobium canum ssp. canum Hummingbird trumpet, California fuchsia, Zauschneria Perennial Subshrub
Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium Hummingbird trumpet, Hummingbird-trumpet Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Epipactis gigantea Stream orchid, Chatterbox orchid, Giant hellebore Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Equisetum hyemale Scouringrush horsetail, Horsetail, Canuela, Scouring rush Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Equisetum laevigatum Horsetail, Smooth horsetail Perennial Herb Sun
Eriastrum densifolium Giant woollystar Perennial Subshrub
Ericameria laricifolia Larchleaf goldenweed, Turpentine bush, Turpentine brush, Hierba de conejo Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Ericameria linearifolia Mojave Goldenbush, Narrowleaf goldenbush Perennial Shrub
Erigeron divergens Spreading fleabane, Branching fleabane, Fleabane daisy Biennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Erigeron foliosus Leafy fleabane Perennial Herb
Erigeron glaucus Seaside fleabane, Seaside daisy Perennial Herb Part-shade
Eriogonum arborescens Santa Cruz Island buckwheat, Santa Cruz Island wild buckwheat Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Eriogonum crocatum Conejo buckwheat, Saffron wild buckwheat Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Eriogonum fasciculatum Eastern Mojave buckwheat, Eastern mojave wild buckwheat, California buckwheat Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium Eastern Mojave buckwheat Perennial Subshrub
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens San Miguel Island buckwheat, Red-flowered Pacific island wild buckwheat Perennial Shrub
Eriogonum umbellatum Sulphur-flower buckwheat, Sulphur-flower wild buckwheat, Sulphur buckwheat, Sulphur flower Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Eriogonum wrightii Wright's Buckwheat, Bastard-sage, Wild Buckwheat, Perennial Buckwheat Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Eriophyllum confertiflorum Golden yarrow, Yellow yarrow Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Eriophyllum stoechadifolium Seaside woolly sunflower Perennial Subshrub
Eurybia radulina Rough-leaf wood-aster, Roughleaf aster Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Fallugia paradoxa Apache plume, Ponil Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Ferocactus cylindraceus California barrel cactus, Compass barrel, Visnaga Perennial Cactus/Succulent
Festuca californica California fescue Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade