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Organizations & Programs

 

Biodiversity Program, San Francisco Department of the Environment

 

Bring Back the Natives

 

Calflora

 

California Horticultural Invasives Project

 

California Native Plant Exchange

 

California Native Plant Society

 

Calscape

 

Find the Wild - Visit natural areas in the city to discover birds, butterflies, and beautiful wildflowers!

 

A Flora of San Francisco

 

Flora of San Francisco's Natural Areas

 

Friends of the Urban Forest

 

Garden for the Environment

 

Green Connections

 

iNaturalist

 

Natural Resources Program, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department

 

Las Pilitas Nursery

 

Nature in the City

 

National Wildlife Federation, Garden for Wildlife

 

Parks Alliance

 

Plant Native

 

PlantRight

 

PlantSF

 

Pollinator Partnership

 

Regional Parks Botanic Garden

 

Rescape California

 

San Francisco Weed Management Area


Sidewalk Garden Project, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

 

Street Parks Program, San Francisco Public Works

 

Urban Bee Lab, Gardening for Bees

 

Urban Forestry Council

 

Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, SelecTree: A Tree Selection Guide

 

Theodore Payne Foundation

 

Urban Watershed Program, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

 

Wetland Restoration, The Port of San Francisco


 

 

Guidelines & Policies

 

California Native Plant Gardening
California Native Plant Society

 

Gardening for Wildlife
Golden Gate Audubon

 

Gardening with Natives
California Native Plant Society

 

Green Connections Community Resource List
San Francisco Planning Department

 

Recreation and Open Space Element

San Francisco Planning Department

 

Sidewalk Landscaping Permit
San Francisco Public Works

 

Stormwater Design Guidelines
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

 

Sustainability Plan

San Francisco Department of the Environment

 

Urban Forest Master Plan
San Francisco Planning Department

 

Water Conservation Ordinances
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

 

 

Approved City Plant Lists

 

The Plant Finder recommends wildlife-friendly plants and also houses all of the City’s plant lists for all other purposes, including what Public Works recommends for its Sidewalk Planting Permit and through its Thrifty 150 list. You can also find the Stormwater Plant Palette, published by the Public Utilities Commission as well as the City’s recommended Street Tree List.

Click on the links to the different City Lists below and then proceed to filter those lists for various habitat and other sustainability variables. These lists include many habitat-friendly species of plants.


Climate Appropriate Plant List
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

 

Stormwater Vegetation Palette
Recommended by the San Francisco PUC to comply with the Stormwater Management Ordinance.

You can use the Plant Finder for this list.

 

Sidewalk Landscaping
Recommended by Public Works as drought tolerant and adaptable to a variety of microclimates and sidewalk conditions.

You can use the Plant Finder for this list.

 

Street Tree List
Approved street tree list reviewed and adopted annually by the Urban Forestry Council.

You can use the Plant Finder for this list.

 

Thrifty 150
Durable, low maintenance, water wise plants that are recommended by Public Works to do well in the challenging urban environment of the city.

You can use the Plant Finder for this list.

 

Shoreline Plants Guide
Bay Conservation and Development Commission

 

 

Plant Palettes

 

The following are shorter, pre-selected palettes to give you good ideas for appropriate species for landscaping in San Francisco.


Sandy Soil

These local native species are the best for San Francisco's sandy soils. They thrive in the good drainage and will be very drought-tolerant once established.


Also see this much longer list of plants appropriate for sandy soils.

 

Shady Clay

The moisture-holding capacity of a north-facing clayey slope is much different from a south-facing sandy slope. This palette should survive well in this moister environment once established.

 

Super 60

The Super 60 contains common, relatively hardy, local native plants that will create high quality wildlife habitat in San Francisco. Selecting plants among the Super 60 will help lead to project success.

 

Top 20

Like the Super 60, the Top 20 plants make great choices for creating habitat for bees, birds and butterflies in the urban environment. Try starting with these plants if you want to create a colorful and sustainable native habitat garden.

 

 

Local Plant Nurseries

 

The following are local native plant nurseries and one conventional nursery. Inquire with them directly regarding whether they carry native plants of San Francisco genetic stock. All of them carry Bay Area and California natives. For a full list of Bay Area Native Plant Nurseries click here.

 

Bay Natives Nursery
10 Cargo Way, San Francisco, CA
Contact: Paul Furman
Email: info@baynatives.com
Phone: (415) 287-6755
View Bay Natives plants on Plant Finder

 

California Native Plant Society, Yerba Buena Chapter
350 O'Shaughnessy Boulevard, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-531-2140

(annual native plant sale)

 

East Bay Wilds Plant Nursery
2777 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA
Contact: Pete Veilleux
Email: pete@eastbaywilds.com
Phone: (510) 409-5858
View East Bay Wilds plants on Plant Finder

 

Flora Grubb Gardens & Nursery
1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 626-7256
View Flora Grubb plants on Plant Finder

 

Go Native Nursery
Montara, CA
Email: info@gonativeinc.com
Phone: (650) 728-2286

 

Home Ground Habitat Nursery
Focus on California Natives
Contact: Charlotte Torgovitsky
Email: torgovitsky@comcast.net
Phone: (415) 892-9148

 

Larner Seeds
Native Plants Nursery
235 Grove Road, Bolinas, CA 94924
Email: info@larnerseeds.com
Phone: (415) 868-9407

Hours: Tuesday: 10am - 2pm
Thursday: 10am - 2pm
Saturday: 12pm - 4pm

 

Literacy for Environmental Justice - Candlestick Point Eco-Stewards
Native Plants Nursery
1150 Carroll Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Contact: Patrick Rump
Email: patrick.rump@lejyouth.org
Phone: (415) 282-6840
(open by appointment)
View Literacy for Environmental Justice - Candlestick Point Eco-Stewards plants on Plant Finder

 

Mission Blue Nursery
near 3401 Bayshore Boulevard, Brisbane, CA 94005
Get directions
Emailnursery@mountainwatch.org
Phone: (415) 467-6631
(open by appointment)
View Mission Blue plants on Plant Finder

 

Native Here Nursery
101 Golf Course Drive, Berkeley, CA
Contact: Theo Fitanides
Email: nativehere@ebcnps.org
Phone: (510) 549-0211
(open year-round)
View Native Here plants on Plant Finder

 

Nature's Acres Nursery
Penngrove, CA
Contacts: Andrew Scavullo & Josiah Clark
Email: naturesacresnursery@gmail.com
Phone: (415) 713-1572 or (415) 317-3978
(call for appointments or delivery)

 

Oaktown Native Plant Nursery
702 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA
Email: oaktown@oaktownnativenursery.info
Phone: (510) 387-9744
View Oaktown plants on Plant Finder

 

Sutro Stewards Native Plant Nursery
476 Johnstone Drive, UCSF Parnassus Campus, San Francisco, CA
Email: liza@sutrostewards.org
Phone: (415) 665-1077
Hours: Wednesdays 9:30-12:30
View Sutro Stewards plants on Plant Finder

 

The Watershed Nursery
601A Canal Blvd, Richmond, CA
Phone: (510) 234-2222
View Watershed plants on Plant Finder

 

 

Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Opportunities in San Francisco

 

Candlestick Native Plant Nursery
(415) 282-6840

 

Fort Funston Native Plant Nursery
(415) 652-2373

 

Golden Gate Park Native Plant Nursery
(415) 831-6330

 

Presidio Native Plant Nursery
(415) 561-4826

 

Sutro Stewards Native Plant Nursery
(415) 665-1077

 

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