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Habitat destruction is the number one cause of extinction and species decline. You can help save local wildlife by planting your yard, balcony, and patio with native plants! The bees, butterflies, and birds will thank you by visiting your home and sharing their beauty with you.

Why Grow Native?

For your water bill! They reduce water use in the garden by 85%.

To have more free time! Native gardens take 75% less maintenance.

To sneeze less! Native plants produce less pollen, which means fewer allergies!

For the planet! They absorb carbon and support the natural ecosystem.

To support wildlife! Natives feed our wildlife and provide shelter and nesting sites.

To give up fertilizers and pesticides! Natives don’t need them.

For cleaner air! Your native garden will purify the air and reduce temperatures.

For eye candy! Native plants are beautiful!

Learn More

Find out what’s native to your area on!

Check out these guides from the Theodore Payne Foundation!

Getting Started with Native Plants

Easy Native Plants

Your Native Garden’s First Year

Planting Guide

Native Plants for Containers

More guides on what to plant here.

Grow Native! On the Road!

Host your own Grow Native! Event at your home or community space!

We bring the plants, pots, soil, and supplies! For more information, please contact Neysa at

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Where to Buy Native Plants

FBW Online Shop
Pick-up at our Office in Playa del Rey
211 Culver Blvd. Suite C
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley, CA 91352

Marina del Rey Garden Center *
13198 Mindanao Way,
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

*Takes special orders!

Matilija Nursery
8225 Waters Road
Moorpark, CA 93021

Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden
1500 N College Avenue
Claremont CA 91711

Las Pilitas Nursery **
3232 Las Pilitas Rd
Santa Margarita, CA 93453

Tree of Life Nursery **
33201 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano CA 92675

**Order online for delivery! Minimums apply.

Buy Plants and Learn More at Friends of Ballona Wetlands Events!

Join Us at Our Next Event:

The next Grow Native Event will be in October, 2019.

Don’t want to wait? Check out “Grow Native! On The Road” to host your own event.

Don’t Plant These invasives!

Just because they are sold at a Nursery, doesn’t mean you should plant it in your yard.

Periwinkle, Vinca Major
Cape Ivy, Delairea odorata
Spanish Broom, Spartium junceum
Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum
Pampas Grass, Cortaderia jubata
Tree of Heaven, Ailanthus altisissima
Sweet Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare
Myoporum, Myoporum laetum
Giant Reed, Arundo donax
Poison Hemlock, Conium maculatum
Onionweed, Asphodelus fistulosus
Carnation Spurge, Euphorbia terracina
Perennial Pepperweed, Lepidium latifolium
Tree Tobacco, Nicotiana glauca
Harding Grass, Phalaris aquatica
Castor Bean, Ricinis communis
Umbrella Sadge, Cyperus involucratus

More about invasive weeds here.



An Untamed Wilderness and Butterfly Haven


Try planting Indian mallow, yarrow, narrow-leaf milkweed, ceanothus, chia and other sages, CA bush sunflower, CA poppies, blue-eyed grass, CA buckwheat, CA fuchsia, dudleya, CA wild rose, and lilac verbena.


A Shrubby Hillside


Try planting matilija poppy, ceanothus, buckwheat, coast live oak, CA bush sunflower, lemonade berry, black sage, manzanita, CA sagebrush, and apricot mallow.


An Artful Mosaic


Try planting “David’s Choice’ sagebrush, manzanita, ceanothus, sea cliff buckwheat, CA buckwheat, island bush snapdragon, El Tigre pitcher sage, giant coreopsis, toyon, and pink cedros island verbena.


A Potted Paradise


Try planting Palmer’s Indian mallow, vine maple, Oregon grape, red or pink fairyduster, incense cedar, bush anemone, western redbud, coffeeberry, sage (especially hummingbird friendly), bush snapdragon, toyon, CA bay, western columbine, seaside daisy, coral bells, Conejo buckwheat, cliff spurge, CA sea lavender, lilac verbena, sedge, fescue, horsetail, deergrass, dudleya, coast or wood strawberry, and yerba buena.