Native plants in San Jose, CA

Let’s learn a little about the wild + native plants that grow in the “Valley of Heart’s Delight.”

A bush of silver lupine flowers.

The silver lupine has four different varieties around California.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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We live in an area that was popularly known as “The Valley of Heart’s Delight” in the 1920s — and our land was abundant with orchards, flowering trees, and plants. Despite many of them being transported into Santa Clara Valley to be planted, our land has had its fair share of native crops.

California’s native plants are deeply rooted in the history of the Golden State — and it’s no different in San Jose, where we have over 150 plants native to our valley.

With that, here are three no-fuss, native plants that thrive in the great 408 — and would look great in your yard. 🪴

(Psst: The following plants can be found at Capitol Wholesale Nursery, Inc. and Linda Vista Native Plants.)

🌱 Silver lupine

Water needs: Can thrive with low moisture
Sun needs: Keep fully in the sun

These purple beauties bloom in spring to early summer, and are very low maintenance. Be aware, they are toxic to dogs and cats — so keep them where your furry friends aren’t.

A close-up picture of the common yarrow flower.

The common yarrow is a frequent component in butterfly gardens.

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🌱 Common yarrow

Water needs: Water ~1 time a week, keep at low moisture
Sun needs: Can grow in full sun, full shade, or partial shade

This fast-growing flower was once used by Native Americans for pain relief, fever reduction, and blood issues. It is most active during the spring and attracts a fair amount of bees + butterflies.

A close-up picture of bush monkey flowers.

Bush monkey flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds and bees.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

🌱 Bush Monkey Flower

Water needs: Water a maximum of once monthly
Sun needs: Place in partial to full sun

The name of this award-winning plant comes from its shape + colors that mimic a monkey’s face. It’s great for growing in rock gardens or on stone walls.

Want to know more about these native plants around San Jose? Check out CalScape, a resource from the California Native Plant Society.

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