California Native Plant Society -- Fall Plant Sale -- Saturday, October 13

Fall Plant Sale Details

Date - Saturday, October 13th
Location - In the UCSC Arboretum on High Street
10am to Noon - Members (either CNPS or Friends of the Arboretum)
Noon to 4pm - Everyone welcome
   Join up and shop early!
Parking - Free
Restroom - Available
Payment - Cash, checks & credt cards accepted

Click this link to a useful Plant Sale map
Plant Sale Volunteers Needed

The plant sale is our major fundraiser. Its success depends not only on the propagation team and plant sale organizers, but also on the wonderful CNPS volunteers who show up and make it happen on the day of the sale. You can work a two-hour shift, or longer. You can help unload the truck, set up tables, arrange plants, write up sales tickets, or even be a wheelbarrow valet.

Please contact Julia Davenport (831 425-5643, if you would like to help.

General Meeting
November 12, 2018
Plant Keying Session 5:30 pm
Meeting 7:30 pm

To Be Decided

Meeting Location:
UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz

The club meets on the second Monday,
every other month

Field Trip Events

Habitat Restoration Events

October 6 --- 10 am to 1 pm
Sand Hill Bluff, Wilder Ranch State Park

October 20 --- 10 am to 1 pm
Seabright Beach State Beach

October 27 --- 10 am to 1 pm
Natural Bridges State Park

Habitat Restoration Team

We are a volunteer group working to restore native habitat in the parks and protected lands in Santa Cruz County. Our program provides an opportunity for people to learn about the natural systems that surround them while helping to restore special and wild places. No prior work experience is necessary, just show up at the park.

We welcome individual volunteers from 8 to 80 years, as well as special group projects. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we call it a day. Tools provided; bring gloves.

Contact: Program Leader, Linda Brodman 831.462.4041,

Stop the Alien Invasion
Volunteers Work to Remove Harmful, Non-native Plants

It was 10 a.m. and spitting rain when the volunteers emerged from the warmth of their cars at Wilder Ranch State Park on a cool Saturday in November. They had a job to do: tear out fistfuls of the fleshy, blade-shaped ice plant.

Native Plant Propagation Group

Our chapter has an active plant propagation group that meets monthly. We grow plants for the twice-yearly plant sales.
For more details, go to our Horticulture page.

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Statewide CNPS Chapter Newsletters

At the link below you will find a clickable chapter map which lets you access the latest newsletter from each CNPS chapter.
Check it out: Chapter Map

Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan
City of Santa Cruz
Year 3 (2016) Annual Report (Draft)

This monitoring report evaluates the City's progress implementing the Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan (HMP). The HMP guides the long-term restoration of the 67 acre Arana Gulch Open Space. The plan provides management goals and objectives to enhance three specific management areas: Hagemann Gulch Riparian Woodland Management Area, Arana Creek Wetland and Riparian Management Area and the Coastal Prairie/Tarplant Management Area.

The purpose of this annual report is to describe the current condition of the Arana Gulch habitat areas, evaluate the performance of each area in relation to the interim performance standards outlined in the HMP and included in the CDP, and provide management recommendations for the following year to ensure progress toward and achievement of success criteria. In Year 3 (2016), the City continued to focus on improving the habitat of the Santa Cruz tarplant (SCT), a federally Threatened and a California State Endangered species.

Goal 1: Maintain a viable Santa Cruz tarplant (SCT) population at Arana Gulch.
Goal 2: Reintroduce grazing to restore a disturbance regime that maintains functioning coastal prairie.
Goal 3: Minimize the detrimental effects of high non-native plant cover and restore coastal prairie species diversity and habitat function.
Goal 4: Maintain a genetically and demographically viable soil seed bank in perpetuity.

Click here to review the Draft
Arana Gulch HMP Year 3 (2016) Annual Report, Draft, 2-10-17 (pdf)

Santa Cruz CNPS Fall Plant Sale - Saturday October 13th

When: October 13 12 pm to 4 pm (10 am for members of either organization. Memberships available on sale day)

Where: At the UCSC Arboretum upper parking lot (not the eucalyptus grove), on High Street.

California native plants - the natural choice for our summer-dry climate.

What's the best time to plant California native plants? A concise answer can be found in California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien (2011; page 27), an excellent reference.

"The optimal time for planting most California natives is autumn, except in the mountains, high deserts, and other cold-winter areas of the state. Planting during this period-at the beginning of the rainy season-gives natives many months to establish root systems that will be much better prepared to survive California's long, warm, dry summers. Plants installed in fall also produce [more] new growth and flowers the following spring or summer than those that are planted later."

This year the fall plant sale at the UCSC Arboretum and Botanic Garden comes at the perfect time to purchase plants for your garden. On our website, you will soon have the chance to check out what plants will be available at the sale. The fall sale is also a perfect time to help out your local CNPS chapter in its conservation eforts-the only source of regular income for the Santa Cruz County Chapter is the twice yearly plant sales. We can do a lot with just a little, so every little bit of your help goes a long way.

We will also have a variety of books for sale. Keep in mind that CNPS members get a discount.
by Julia Davenport

Check your native plant references for
each plant's specific needs in the Plant List below.

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Welcome to Santa Cruz County CNPS

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. CNPS seek to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, and conservation.

The chapter meets every other month on the second Monday of the month at the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum Horticulture Building, located at 1156 High Street. Directions can be found here.

The chapter welcomes all-from the botanists and defenders of the environment to the casual nature lover. Contact any Board Member to find out about the organization. Attend a meeting-you will learn something new!

California Native Plant Society - Santa Cruz County Chapter
P. O. Box 1622
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Randall Morgan
November 7, 1947 – June 6, 2017

Randall Morgan

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Randy Morgan, founding member of our chapter, past president, and CNPS Fellow.

Many people have fond memories of Randy, and we are sharing some of them here. Also, see our Current Newsletter for more information.

The Randall Morgan Collections and Santa Cruz Natural History Initiative was developed in consultation with Morgan himself in spring 2017. The Initiative aims to honor, preserve, and build upon the legacy of Morgan's own projects and collections.

Randy requested that those who wanted to honor his memory do so in the form of a donation to this initiative. Our chapter board voted to donate $1,000. We encourage CNPS members to donate, and match our contribution.

To contribute go to the Norris Center web site and click the link at the bottom of the Randall Morgan page. You'll find a link to the online donation form, prefilled with the designation "Morgan Insect Collection."

To contribute by check: Make your check out to UCSC Foundation and in the memo section add Randall Morgan Initiative.

Send your check to:
Ken Norris Center for Natural History
UCSC ENVS 1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

A Sprinkling of Randy Morgan's Major Achievements
(in his own words)

Randall Morgan

Fellow of the California Native Plant Society; founding member and past president of Santa Cruz County chapter.

Research associate, Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History (SCCMNH) (and employed as taxidermist for SCCMNH ca. 1962-1970).

Publication of An Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County (2005).

Discovered many previously unknown or unrecognized plant and insect species, nearly all in California (e.g. Ohlone tiger beetle, Sandhills robberfly, Lockheed manzanita, Scotts Valley polygonum, several rein-orchids, and many clover species). Also re-discovered several species thought to be extinct (Antioch flowerwasp, glabrous popcorn-flower, Scotts Valley spineflower).

Documented the native flora of Santa Cruz County with a collection of 5,000-plus herbarium voucher specimens, along with plant lists for several hundred local sites.

Specialist in Trifolium (clover) systematics. Principal world authority on the subject essentially by default.

Documented the insect fauna of Santa Cruz County with a systematic collection of about 80,000 specimens, 1989-1999 (currently housed at UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections).

Active in conservation efforts since at least 1980, including advocacy for local endangered species and ecosystems. Worked for public and scientific recognition for a number of important and highly threatened local centers of endemism (i.e. biological "hotspots") which had been all but unknown at the time, in particular the Zayante sandhills, Scotts Valley grasslands, and Soda Lake. Instrumental in public acquisition of several parks and preserves including South Ridge, Quail Hollow Park, Westside Greenbelt, Glenwood Grasslands, etc. Education regarding invasive species. Advocacy for observation-based rather than dogma-based ecological practices.


The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is proud to announce the publication of the Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County, California, by Dylan Neubauer.

Dylan is a botanist who lives in Santa Cruz County.

Presented in an easy-to-use format, this comprehensive update of the 2005 edition summarizes the latest information on the 1594 vascular plant taxa currently known to occur in Santa Cruz County.

The 166-page, spiral-bound, 5.5 x 8 in. book includes:

  • Botanical artwork by Tim Hyland
  • Maps by Ben Pease-including a new color map of the County showing public lands & Sandhills
  • Detailed instructions on how to use the Checklist
  • An expanded introduction discussing the County's botanical history as well as its botanical "hotspots" and special areas
  • A list of all local taxa arranged alphabetically by family using the latest nomenclature from The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition & the Jepson eFlora.
  • Locality information for listed & "locally rare" taxa
  • Appendices treating legal rarity status, endemics, extirpated taxa, undescribed taxa, the most invasive non-natives, and more
  • An expanded, 64-page "Notes" section, including tips for identifying difficult taxa, taxonomic issues, habitat information for rare taxa, and more
  • An Index to local plant families & genera with new names cross-referenced to superseded names from the first edition of The Jepson Manual

Click here for Santa Cruz County Checklist errata.

Price: $15.00 + tax/copy. The book is available at Book Shop Santa Cruz, Norrie's gift shop at the UCSC Arboretum, Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History and Native Revival Nursery in Aptos. Also, you can purchase copies from Cindy Hudson, email Cindy at