Where to go for:CACTUS, SUCCULENTS, TILLANDSIAS
California Cactus Center Old favorites plus rare specimens, all beautifully displayed. 216 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena; cactuscenter.com.
Las Pilitas Nursery Almost 350 species of California native perennials, shrubs, and trees, including hummingbird attractors (California fuchsia, chuparosa, monkey flower). Closed Sun; 8331 Nelson Way, Escondido; laspilitas.com
Seaside Gardens More than a nursery, it’s a world tour through plant habitats, from Australian and Mediterranean to native. 3700 Via Real, Carpinteria; seaside-gardens.com
Pearson’s Gardens Vietnamese cilantro (rau ram), Japanese parsley (mitsuba), and hundreds of other herbs, plus heirloom tomatoes, wild salad greens, and more. Closed Sun; 1150 Beverly Dr., Vista; 760/726-0717.