California Native Plant Society

Rating: 5 stars   28 reviews


2707 K Street Ste 1 Sacramento CA 95816 USA


The mission of CNPS is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.


CNPS is helping make the home gardener more environmentally friendly with our online tool, Calscape, found on our home page. Our citizen science initiative, the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, is locating and helping rare plants across the state. Recently, we successfully petitioned for the first plant in nearly a decade to be added to the California Endangered Species list, the Livermore tarplant, known to only two populations in the East Bay. Donate online by going to our homepage,

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Vegetation science, Rare Plant science, Horticulture science, Education, and Conservation. Since 1965, CNPS has worked hard to protect California's native plant heritage and preserve it for future generations. CNPS actively promotes the use of science in land use and management decisions through our Online Rare Plant Inventory and essential reference book: Manual of California Vegetation, 2nd Edition, both of which are the most advanced resources available for identifying and managing critical habitat in California. We work closely with decision-makers, scientists, and local planners to advocate for well-informed and environmental friendly policies, regulations, and land management practices.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

CNPS placer county wikdflowers, and shrubs and trees books have been an invaluable resource. They are masterpieces and have helped plan our natives garden that will attract butterflies, bees, other beneficials and hummingbirds. CNPS's collaborative role in Calscape is monumental. Excellent organization for supporting habitat reatoration one home garden at a time. Great also for organic gardening. CNPS is simply the best!

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California Native Plant Society is an exceptionally informative and supportive group, focused primarily on education and real outreach. They assist in everything from identifying plants on social media, to consulting with land use planners on best practices to maintain or restore native habitats. Their reach goes far beyond just plants, because when native plant habitats are preserved, whole areas and ecosystems are preserved. CNPS is non-judgmental and always mindful that they operate in the real world. They have become an excellent resource and community to thousands, and will continue to grow in importance as pressures increase on native ecosystems.

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I have been a member of CNPS for many years. They have inspired me to make over my garden with native plants. CNPS provides any and all the information I could possibly need, first hand or through links to relevant partners. Books, maps, seminars, lectures, regular meetings, dedicated nurseries are all available to members and often to the community at large. Annual native garden tours are a wealth of information not only for help in choosing appropriate plants but also for ideas for infrastructure utilizing solar, eco-irrigation/graywater, insect and fauna habitat etc. One has immediate contact and conversation with local experts in these fields.
Their educational outreach in the realm of local political, community and land-use concerns is most comprehensive and effective.

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Expand their outreach which I try to do at every opportunity.

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