California Pollinator Plant List

Recommended native plants that are highly attractive to pollinators such as native bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. Visit Pollinator Conservation Resources California Region for additional information. This information provided by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


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Arctostaphylos densiflora
Vine Hill manzanita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub, Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water:

Asclepias fascicularis
Mexican whorled milkweed, Narrowleaf milkweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Cercis orbiculata
California redbud, Western redbud, Arizona redbud, Pata de vaca

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light:
Water:

Clarkia unguiculata
Elegant clarkia, Elegant fairyfan, Mountain garland

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Epilobium canum
Hummingbird trumpet, California fuchsia, Zauschneria

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Eriogonum fasciculatum
Eastern Mojave Buckwheat, Eastern Mojave Wild Buckwheat, California Buckwheat, Flattop Buckwheat

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Eschscholzia californica
California poppy, California gold poppy

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Frangula californica
California buckthorn, California Coffeeberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light:
Water:

Fremontodendron californicum
California flannelbush, Northern flannelbush, Northern fremontia, California slippery elm

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Gilia capitata
Blue gilia, Blue-head gily-flower, Bluehead gilia, Globe gilia

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Grindelia camporum
Great Valley gumweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Helianthus annuus
Common sunflower

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Layia platyglossa
Coastal tidytips

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Lupinus albifrons
Silver lupine, White-leaf bush lupine, Evergreen lupine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Lupinus formosus
Summer lupine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Nemophila menziesii
Baby blue eyes, Menzies baby blue eyes

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Penstemon heterophyllus
Bunchleaf penstemon, Bunchleaf beardtongue, Foothill penstemon, Foothill beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Phacelia tanacetifolia
Lacy phacelia, Lacy scorpion-weed

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Salvia clevelandii
Fragrant sage, Blue sage, Cleveland sage

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Solidago californica
California goldenrod, Northern California goldenrod

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Symphyotrichum chilense
Common California Aster, Pacific aster

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water: