San Francisco Department of the Environment

Grow the Wild

Find the Wild • Tend the Wild • Grow the Wild


Find native and drought-tolerant plants loved by birds and bees! From the Green Hairstreak Butterfly in Golden Gate Heights to the Pacific Chorus Frog in Potrero Hill, San Francisco is home to diverse species. Create wildlife habitat in a sidewalk garden, backyard, or roof near you!

Why choose native plants?

Using local native plants restores local biodiversity by enhancing habitat for bees, birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Using local native plants restores ecological integrity and continuity of the city’s natural environment, creating a healthier ecosystem that is more diverse and resilient, thus stemming biodiversity loss, adapting to climate change and improving the pollination system for local agriculture.

By rebuilding healthy soil, local native plants:

  • Conserve our local geologic resources
  • Recharge local groundwater
  • Help prevent erosion
  • Improve water quality
  • Maximize water conservation in landscaping

Finally, local native plants:

  • Enrich San Franciscans’ sense of place of where they live
  • Promote pride in our local natural heritage

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San Francisco is located in a global biodiversity hotspot.   

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Find the Wild • Tend the Wild • Grow the Wild