In the Wild

In this section we offer opportunities and resources to experience the wonderful array of native wild plants in Marin County for all ages and levels of botanical expertise. Field trips are held throughout the year, but especially during the Spring and Summer when many native plants have their peak bloom. Please join us and experience what a wonderful bounty Marin has to offer.


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Hemizonia congesta ssp. lutescens (Spring yellow tarplant) on Nicasio Ridge – (photo by Vernon Smith)

Plant lists for many locations in Marin are available as an aid to identifying the plants that you may see. Flower Sheets offer a single page of twenty thumbnail images of plants for selected areas and can be downloaded. Species Guides are available for Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area which have photos and descriptions for various species and communities. Many other resources with links are listed in the column at the right.

Rare Plants Endemic to Marin

These are plants that the CNPS Rare Plant Inventory says occur only in Marin. Arctostaphylos montana ssp. montana Arctostaphylos virgata Calochortus tiburonensis Ceanothus decornutus Ceanothus gloriosus var. porrectus Ceanothus masonii Chorizanthe valida Clarkia concinna ssp. raichei Delphinium bakeri Lessingia micradenia var. micradenia Piperia elegans ssp. decurtata Quercus parvula var.... read more Rare Plants Endemic to Marin

Order “Plant Communities of Marin”

PLANT COMMUNITIES OF MARIN COUNTY Do you want to learn more about the diverse plant communities of this special county ? Plant Communities of Marin County written by David Shuford and Irene C. Timossi and illustrated with exquisite black and white photographs of the communities and their member species, is an excellent resource. Send your check payable to CNPS for $10 per copy (shipping,... read more