The Online Native Plant Sale will run from Saturday, September 18 at 10 am — Friday September 24 at 2 pm. We recommend that you shop early, as quantities are limited.
*The full plant list will not show up until Saturday when the sale is live.*
The website is now available for viewing, and you can view a pdf of our online plant sale list here that contains information about locally native plants. Use Calscape and Calflora to learn more about the plants on the list.
Because more than one CNPS chapter is having an online plant sale using this site, it may be somewhat confusing. See below for specific instructions about making purchases online.
Note: because of the fire in the National Park, our pickup site has been moved to Kaweah Oaks Preserve (east of Visalia on Highway 198). You will have an option at checkout to schedule a pickup inSpringville by special arrangement.
Instructions for purchasing plants
- Use this link to go to the website. That will get you to Alta Peak Chapter page, but if not, select Alta Peak in the left hand column. When you navigate in and out of the plant selections you may need to re-select Alta Peak.
- If you are looking specifically for locally sourced natives, refer to the plant sale list for that information.
- You will need to select a “store pickup location” the first time you put a plant in the cart. Select Kaweah Oaks Preserve.
- If more than one chapter is offering a species at the same time, choose an Alta Peak offering under “Select an option” before you add that item to your cart.
What’s New and Notable in this Year’s Sale
Please check out the following plants on our plant list. We’ve tried to have some important and interesting plants to offer. Use Calscape to learn more about almost all of our plants. Among them please note:
- It’s still changing but at last count we have 50 species of Local Locals: locally collected, local native plants. There’s a column in the list available here that’s labeled Local Native. If there’s an ‘X’ in that column, the plant is a local local:. There are others in the availability list that are native to our region, but if it wasn’t propagated from a plant growing in Tulare or King’s Counties, it won’t be in the Local Native column. We can give more exact locations for most of those plants if you need them.See below for an explanation of why local locals are important.
- We have Milkweeds! We’ve managed to pull together a list of three species of milkweeds. We have the local local Narrow Leaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis), Woolypod Milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa) that is local but not collected from here, and Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) that grows in the mountains of Tulare County. All of these are appropriate to plant here, unlike the Tropical Milkweed that is not recommended.
- There are four species of local local oaks Valley, Blue, Interior Live, and Canyon, as well as California Sycamore listed under the genera Quercus and Platanus. Each of these trees can be awesome in the right setting. Note that there are big differences between them in speed of growth, water needs, and location suitablilty. It’s best to plant what grows in your area.
- California Fuchsia is listed under Epilobium rather than Zauschneria as you may have seen in the past. The local local species- Epilobium canum latifolium is a taller (3′) greener type than what you may be used to. There are many, many subspecies of this plant- a testimony to the adaptation that it has made to local environments.
- Our local local Bush (Sticky, Yellow) Monkeyflower is listed under Diplacus aurantiacus calycinus.
- Rock Buckwheat (Eriogonum saxatile), is a local local plant that would make a fabulous rock garden addition. It has striking sculptured, whitish leaves that form a mat on the ground, with the flowers held in a group on longish stalks well above the foliage.
Melica californica on River Ridge Ranch in Springvilla, © Barbara Brydolf