Native Plants

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Learn more about individual native plants found in the Golden Gate National Parks and grown in our nurseries for restoration projects.

Have you seen a beautiful wildflower while in the park and want more information about it? We have over 1200 species of plants native to these Parks (Recreation Area). Here we have information on many of the wildflowers and plants you will see along the trails in the park, and ones we have used to restore habitats and plant communities throughout the Parks. Below is just a sample of what you might see. Click on the name of a plant (scientific name followed by common name) to go to a page with a picture of the plant and information about it:

Native Plants in the Parks

Triteleia laxa (Ithuriel's Spear)
Conservation
Triteleia laxa is a triplet lily known by several common names, including Ithuriel's spear, common triteleia and grassnut.
Sambucus Racemosa (Red Elderberry)
Conservation
Red Elderberry is a widespread shrub to small tree that occurs in moist cool places, including our own Redwood Creek.
Salix lasiolepis (Arroyo Willow)
Conservation
Arroyo Willow is an abundant and widespread native tree or shrub that grows in northern, southern and central California.
Conservation
Rosa californica, the California wildrose, or California rose, is a species of rose native to the U.S. states of California and Oregon and the northern part of Baja California, Mexico.
Rhamnus californica (California Coffeeberry)
Conservation
Frangula californica is a species of flowering plant in the buckthorn family native to western North America. It is commonly known as California coffeeberry and California buckthorn.
Conservation
Quercus agrifolia, the Coast Live Oak, is a highly variable, often shrubby evergreen oak tree, a type of live oak, native to the California Floristic Province.
Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkeyflower)
Conservation
Diplacus aurantiacus, the sticky monkey-flower or orange bush monkey-flower, is a flowering plant that grows in a subshrub form.
Conservation
Lilium pardalinum, also known as the leopard lily or panther lily, is a flowering bulbous perennial plant in the lily family.
Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris)
Conservation
Iris douglasiana is a common wildflower of the coastal regions of Northern and Central California and southern Oregon in the United States.
Heracleum lanatum (Cow Parsnip)
Conservation
Heracleum lanatum, commonly known as cow parsnip, is the only member of the genus Heracleum native to North America.
Live Forever (Dudleya farinosa, Crassulaceae family), at the Presidio Native Plant Nursery
Conservation
Endangered: No Population: Common in Golden Gate National Parks. Plant Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrop). There are 30 genera and 1500 species of succulent herbs and shrubs composing this family. Members of this family usually are perennial and have fleshy leaves. Flowers in this family usually have 5 sepals, 5 petals and...
Cornus sericea (American Dogwood)
Conservation
The American Dogwood, is a species of flowering plant in the family Cornaceae native to eastern North America and northern Mexico.

More about Native Plants

Young people help wash pots
Education
Learn more about service-learning programs for youth of all ages at the Native Plant Nurseries.
Students check out a California poppy being grown at a nursery.
Education
Learn more about Green Thumbs Up! , an education program for grade 4 at the Native Plant Nurseries.
Students examine native plants in the demonstration garden.
Education
Learn more about Petal Pushers , an education program for grade 3 at the Native Plant Nurseries.
A student sketches a plant during a Seeds to Flowers program
Education
Learn more about Seeds to Flowers , an education program for grade 2 at the Native Plant Nurseries.
A child looks through a magnifying glass at a nurseries education program.
Education
The Parks Conservancy nurseries are hubs of community and education programming. We aim to create a welcoming, inclusive environment for youth to explore their connection with nature.
Franciscan Manzanita
Video
The Parks Conservancy sponsors the Presidio Native Plant Nursery Manzanita Project that works to cultivate Franciscan Manzanitas, a plant once thought to be extinct in the wild.
Soil mixing
Park E-Ventures Article
On a crisp morning in April, the Parks Conservancy and the Presidio Trust made in a 46-cubic yards of soil, enough to feed tens of thousands of native plants throughout the parks. The “recipe” and procedure behind this many-handed effort is a must-read for any dirt devotee.
Nursery volunteers
Park E-Ventures Article
To commemorate Volunteer Appreciation Day at Golden Gate, multimedia intern Lauren Gee made a video about why volunteers choose to donate their time in the parks. Lauren noticed one thing in common with everyone she interviewed: Undeniable joy as they opened up to her about their volunteer experiences.
Presidio Native Plant Nursery staff
Park E-Ventures Article
A new year brings a new start for an extraordinary plant once thought to be extinct. Learn how our Presidio Native Plant Nursery is helping to re-establish the Franciscan manzanita—and its close relative the Raven’s manzanita—in your national park.
Coyote Brush
Park E-Ventures Article
Our trees may not change even a hue and our weather may not get much chillier, but you can find hints of more “traditional” autumn phenomena in the Golden Gate National Parks. Save yourself the plane ticket to the Northeast, and find the fall in the national parks in your...
Coyote Brush
Park E-Ventures Article
Our trees may not change even a hue and our weather may not get much chillier, but you can find hints of more “traditional” autumn phenomena in the Golden Gate National Parks. Save yourself the plane ticket to the Northeast, and find the fall in the national parks in your...
Wild Cucumber, or California Manroot, (Marah fabaceus, Cucurbitaceae family), along the Battery East Trail, Presidio
Park E-Ventures Article
Most of the year, we like to feature soft, picture-perfect native plants that beckon you to frolic in the parklands. But for Halloween, we’re profiling the ghoulish wild cucumber, which features some diabolically scary fruit—and a terrifying rate of growth.