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  • Expand Your Native California Plant Gardening Library With These Titles!

    Added November 27, 2016
    Cover of Growing California Native Plants (1st edition).

    Looking for some good ideas for Christmas gifts for gardening friends and family? These are the three best books to keep within reach if you are a California native plant gardener.  Growing California Native Plants,...

  • California Native Plant Profile: Buckwheat

    Added November 20, 2016
    Sulfur buckwheat recovering after the Angora fire near Lake Tahoe.

    Eriogonum is the buckwheat genus, one of the largest in California, with over 125 species. With so many species to choose from, you are sure to find one for your garden! Native buckwheats come in both annual and perennial forms. They are some...


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  • Is 'palmageddon' coming to California?

    Added December 6, 2016
    South American palm weevil.

    Representatives from the date and ornamental palm industries, arborists and pest managers, parks and recreation officials, and home owners are uniting behind a University of California, Riverside initiative to slow the spread of the South American...

  • What Are Those Red and Black Bugs on Milkweed?

    Added December 5, 2016
    Yule ornaments? No, just milkweed bugs about to reproduce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Got milkweed? Then you probably have milkweed bugs. All summer and into fall, we spotted the familiar reddish, black and white bugs scurrying around on our showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, and tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. Showy bugs on...

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