Our Native Plants and Flowers

Not all of our plants are native to the San Bernardino Mountains, but they are native to California. The gardens contain more than 30 species that are identified with signs listing the genus, common name, botanical family name and common family name. Visitors with smartphones can access QR codes that link to a video about the plant.

Many mountain residents come to the Arboretum to learn about the plants that will do well in their own gardens. You’ll find a large variety of flora and naturally occurring wildflowers in the spring and summer such as Penstemon, Buckwheat, California Poppy, Sierra Currant, Gooseberry and Coffee Berry. Native herbaceous perennials and introduced native plants also are in the gardens, which emphasize species that grow well in the mountains.