California Natives

California is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, containing an incredible diversity of plants and animals that exist nowhere else in the world. A wide array of habitat types occur in the state, in part due to complex topography and variety of climates. The California Floristic Province (CFP), experiences a Mediterranean-type climate of warm dry summers and cool wet winters. The CFP extends from Southern Oregon down through California and into the northwestern portion of Baja California, Mexico.

The MEMBG California Garden focuses on the plants of Southern California and the southern CFP. Subsections include California Deserts, Northwest Baja California, and Channel Islands/Coastal Southern California. The broken concrete walls are home to many live-forever rosettes (Dudleya), and a variety of sage (Salvia) species can be seen here. The lower portion of steep slope on the northern edge of the area includes an annual wildflower bed, which blooms profusely in the spring.


The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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