Regenerative & Edible Plant List for Ventura County – Permaculture Species for Our Climate – How to Grow & Care Tips (Links)

UNDER CONSTRUCTION – Below is our comprehensive list of all edible, medicinal, beneficial, or functional plants and trees that thrive in our Ventura Climate including:

  • standard fruit & nut trees, subtropical fruit trees, exotic tropical fruit trees, fruiting shrubs and vines, etc.
  • perennial leafy greens and root crop vegetables (plant once, eat forever, year after year), edible perennial flowers, etc.
  • coffee, teas, culinary spices & medicinal herbs (yerba mate, rosehips, hibiscus, lemongrass, ginger, etc.) 
  • specialty vegetables and more. 

Our database currently only includes plants that are known to grow in the Ventura County climate zone 10a and we have available the vast majority of the listed plants in our Ventura Specialty Nursery.

All plants that we are currently growing and have hand selected for optimal performance in our area:


Alpinia mutica – False Cardamom
Annona reticulata – Custard Apple
Borago officinalis – Borage
Borago officinalis – White Borage
Hamamelis virginiana – Witch Hazel
Hyssopus officinalis – Hyssop
Marrubium vulgare – White Horehound
Matricaria recutita – German Chamomile
Melissa officinalis – Citronella Lemon Balm
Melissa officinalis – Lemon Balm
Ocimum basilicum – Amethyst Improved Basil
Ocimum basilicum – Basil, Purple Dark Opal
Ocimum basilicum – Thai Basil, Large Sweet
Ocimum sanctum – Basil, Holy
Ocimum sanctum – Basil, Holy Purple and Green
Origanum majorana – Marjoram
Peganum harmala – Syrian Rue
Perilla frutescens – Shiso, Green
Perilla frutescens – Shiso, Japanese Red Leaved
Pimpinella anisum – Anise
Plantago major – Plantain
Pogostemon heyeanus – Patchouli
Porophyllum coloratum – Papalo
Rumex acetosa – Red Veined Sorrel
Rumex acetosa – Sorrel
Salvia hispanica – Chia
Salvia officinalis – Sage
Schisandra chinensis – Schisandra
Toona sinensis – Chinese Mahogany
Yellow Plum Tomato
Zanthoxylum simulans – Szechuan Pepper
Annona Muricata Graviola Soursop Guanabana Tropical Fruit Tree
Longan Dimocarpus Dragon Eye Seedling Plant Tropical Fruit Tree
Jaboticaba Myrciaria Cauliflora Brazilian Sabara Grape Seedling Plant Fruit Tree
Pouteria Lucuma Rare Super fruit Starter Plant Tree
Yellow Rambutan Nephelium Lappaceum Florida Plant Tree
Sapodilla Manilkara Zapota Chiku Excalibur Tropical Tree Starter
TRINITARIO Theobroma Cacao Cocoa Chocolate Fruit Tree Potted Plant RED
Rollinia Deliciosa Biriba Potted PLANT Tropical Tree
Macadamia Nut
Red Theobroma Cacao Cocoa Chocolate Tropical Fruit Tree Potted Plant
Yellow Theobroma Cacao Cocoa Chocolate Tropical Fruit Tree
Pomegranate Punica Granatum Indian River Seedling PLANT Fruit Tree
Purple Black Passion Fruit Passiflora Edulis Potted Starter PLANT Tropical Vine
Yellow Jaboticaba Cabelluda Myrciaria Glazioviana Plinia Glomerata
Eugenia Luschnathiana PITOMBA
Star Fruit Averrhoa Carambola Bell Seedling Potted Starfruit Plant Tree
Red Hybrid Jaboticaba Myrciaria Plinia cauliflora x aureana Fruit Tree Plant
Amla Indian Gooseberry Phyllanthus Emblica Emblic Amalaki Fruit Starter Plant
White Sapote Casimiroa Edulis Zapote Blanco Seedling Plant Tropical Fruit Tree
Yarrow – White, Yellow, Pink, Red Varieties

Aji Delight Pepper

California Wonder Pepper

California Wonder Pepper, Golden

Chinese Giant Pepper

Chipotle Pepper

Corbaci Pepper

Gypsy Pepper

Keystone Giant Pepper

Santa Fe Grande Pepper

Yolo Wonder Pepper

Canopy Layer Fruit & Nut Trees (Standard or semi-dwarf 15-30+ ft. tall nuts, fruits, perennial leafy greens, etc.)

Almond Prunus dulcis “All-in-One” Almond, Semi-dwarf on Viking root-stock.


Apple (Low-Chill Varieties)
Cherimoya (Custard Apple, Chirimoya, Chirimolla) – Annona cherimola Mill.; Annonaceae Family.
Soursop – Annona muricataAvocadoBiriba, Wild Sugar Apple, Rollinia deliciosa
Lemon “Eureka”
Lemon “Meyer”
Orange “Valencia”
Orange “Mandarin”
Orange “Blood Orange”
Grape Fruit
FIG – Ficus Carica
Brown Turkey
Black Mission
Desert King
Texas Everbearing
Violette du Bordeaux
Jack Fruit
Lychee,  Starburst fruit – Litchi chinensis;  Sonn. Sapindaceae Family.Distant Affinity: Akee (Blighia sapida), Longan (Dimocarpus longan), Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), Pulasan (N. mutabile), Fijian longan (Pometia pinnata).”

Loquat, Japanese Plump “Golden Loquat”

Mulberry “Morus spp.”  Moraceae family.
White Mulberry (Morus alba L.),
Black Mulberry (M. nigra L.),
American Mulberry, Red
Mulberry (M. rubra L.).
Hybrid forms exist between
Morus alba and M. rubra.
– Dwarf Everbearing
– Pakistan Black Mulberry
Strawberry Tree – Muntingia calabura, (Jam tree, Jamaican / Singapore / Panama cherry, Cotton Candy Berry, Calabura, Manzanil); Family: Elaeocarpaceae.

American Persimmon Diospyros virginiana
Kaki or Fuyu Persimmon, Asian Persimmon

Stone Fruits (Low-Chill Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums “Santa Rosa”, Cherry)

Pomegranate – Punica granatum “Wonderful”

Barbados Cherry, Acerola Malpighia glabra

Blackberries / Raspberries / Golden Raspberries

Black Goji Berries – Lycium Ruthenicum; Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade / Tomato / Potato / Belladonna / Pepper / Eggplant Family)
Red Goji Berries – Lycium barbarum; Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade / Tomato / Potato / Belladonna / Pepper / Eggplant Family)

Chilean Guava; AKA strawberry mytrle. Ugni molinae.
Strawberry Guava Psidium cattleyanum Strawberry Guava
Guava (Lemon) Psidium Cattleianum Var Lucidum Lemon Guava
Tropical Guava (Barbie Pink, Tikal, ) Psidium guajava Barbie Pink Guava
Guava (Tikal) Psidium guajava Barbie Pink Guava
Guavasteen (Pineapple Guava) – Acca sellowiana; In the Myrtle family Myrtaceae.  Synonym: Feijoa sellowiana.
Guava (White) Psidium guajava White Guava

Black Sapote, Chocolate Pudding Plant – Diospyros Nigra
Mamey Sapote – Pouteria sapota
White Sapote

Sherbet Berry (Falsa or Phalsa) – Grewia asiatica

Star Fruit Tree (Carambola) – Averrhoa carambola, Five-finger “Bell” Variety.

Surinam Cherry, AKA Pitanga, Brazilian Cherry, Cayenne Cherry – Eugenia uniflora; Family: Myrtaceae.

Black Star Surinam Cherry, AKA Pitanga, Brazilian Cherry, Cayenne Cherry – Eugenia uniflora; Family: Myrtaceae. “Black Star” Variety.

Passion Fruit – Passiflora edulis “Possum Purple”

Moringa (also known as Drumstick tree, Horseradish tree, Tree of Life, Ben oil tree). Myoga / Japanese Ginger

Tamarind Tamarindus indica; Family: Fabaceae. Other Names — Tamarindus indica, tamarindo, tamarin, tamarinier, tamarinier des Indes, tamarindier, tamarinde, sampalok, asam jawa, ambli, imli, chinch, ma-kharm.

Acerola (Barbados Cherry)



Apple (low-chill varieties)

Apricot (low-chill varieties)



Banana (8 Varieties),

Buddha Hand,


Carambola (Star Fruit),


Catalina Cherry,

Holly Leaf Cherry,

Citrus (Orange, Blood Orange, Tangarine, Tangelo, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Kumquat),

Coffee Berry,

Dragon Fruit,

Governor’s Plum,



Inga (Ice Cream Bean),

Jabuticaba (Java de Cava),


Katuk (Gooseberry),



Lemonade Berry,





Macadamia Nut,



Passion Fruit,


Asian Pears,


Pitanga (Surinam Cherry),

Pitangatuba (Star Cherry),



Chico Sapote,

Mamey Sapote,

Black Sapote (Chocolate Pudding Fruit),

White Sapote,

Sherbert Berry (Phalsa),



Strawberry Tree (Mutingia Calibura),

Wax Jambu

Sub-canopy trees, semi-dwarf trees & large shrubs (6-15 ft. tall)

Shrubs & Dwarf Trees (3-6 ft. tall leafy greens, bushy herbs, tea plants, fruits & berries, etc.)

Asparagus Asparagus officinalis Purple Passion – Sweeter than green or white varieties with higher sugar and lower fibre levels.

Bele, Aibika, or Abelmoschus Manihot; also known as the sunset muskmallow, sunset hibiscus, or hibiscus manihot. “The aibika is a flowering plant in the mallow family Malvaceae. It was formerly considered a species of Hibiscus, but is now classified in the genus Abelmoschus.   Abelmoschus manihot – (L.)Medik.”

Hibiscus “Cranberry” ; Hibiscus “False Roselle” Hibiscus acetosella

Canna (Achira, Arrowroot) Canna Indica, Canna Edulis, Canna Orientalis. Canna indica, commonly known as Indian shot, African arrowroot, edible canna, purple arrowroot, Sierra Leone arrowroot, is a plant species in the family Cannaceae.

Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, Hot Peppers Capsiscum

Red Manzano Pepper (mahn zah noh); Rocoto/Apple Chilli, Chile Peron, Chile Caballo & Chile Ciruelo Capsicum pubescens known as Chile Peron,Chile Caballo & Chile Ciruelo. Red Manzano

Malabar Spinach, Vine Spinach Basella alba Red Stem & Green Stem Varieties

Okinawa Spinach (Gynura Crepioides / Bicolor; Asteraceae Family) There is only one variety of this species known.

Longetivy Spinach, ‘Cholesterol Spinach’ Gynura procumbens; Asteraceae Family Longevity

Sisso, Perennial Spinach (Brazilian Spinach, Aztec Spinach, Sambu or Samba lettuce) Alternanthera sisso; Amaranthaceae Family.


Tomato tree, Tzimbalo Solanum caripense

Vine Layer – Perennial Fruit & Green Leafy Vegetable Vines

Herbs & Herbaceous Flowers (1-4 ft. tall herbs, tea plants, medicinal plants, flowers, etc.)


ALLIUMS (Garlic, onion, etc.)
Egyptian Walking Onion – AKA Top Set Onions, Tree Onions, Winter Onions, Perennial Onions Allium x proliferum
Chives ‘Onion’ Allium Schoenoprasum Common / Onion Chives – White flower
Chives – Garlic Chives – Purple flower
Garlic (Softneck)
Garlic (Hardneck) Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon Hardneck varieties owned: Magic,
Red Onion
Sweet Yellow Onion

Spicy Thai Ginger Alpinia Galanga
Ginger, Medicinal Ginger Zingiber officinale ?
Hibiscus Rosa – Hibiscus rosa-sinensis – “Purple Magic, Tropical Yellow, Volcano, Hawaiian Sunset”
Lavender, Medicinal Lavendar, Medicinal Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia, formerly L. officinalis
Lemongrass, Citronella Grass – Cymbopogon sp.
Tooth Ache Flower Plant AKA peekaboo plant, eye-ball bush, electric daisy, paracress, sechuan button, buzz buttons, tingflowers, and jambu in Brazil – Acmella oleracea; Family: Asteraceae.
Valerian (Valerian Root) – Valeriana officinalis
Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

Root Crops (1-5 ft. tall root zone vegetables like sweet potato, sunchoke, peruvian ground apple, etc.)

Jerusalem Artichoke, also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple, or topinambour Helianthus tuberosus

Yacon, Peruvian Ground Apple

Sweet potato – Vine

House Plants (Beneficial, useful, medicinal and/or edible indoor plants that grow well in containers near a window)

Coffee Arabica
Green Tea (Camille Sinensis)
Yerba Mate
Snake Plant Sansevieria trifasciata
Spider Plant

Groundcover (Spreading plants 5-10 ft. wide, edible leaves, tea flowers, etc.)

Longevity & Okinawa Spinach


Beneficial Native Plants – Useful, pollinator support & nitrogen fixing plants species

California Lilac


Scarlet Runner Bean



Channel Island Bush Snapdragon


Galvezia speciosa










FRUITING PALM TREES Species Cultivar / Variety

  • DWARF Musa “Red” Banana Tree Musa Hybrid Dwarf Red
  • DWARF Musa Acuminata ‘Poquito’ Banana Tree Musa Acuminata Dwarf Poquito
  • DWARF “Iholena” Pink Banana Tree Musa Hybrid Dwarf Iholena
  • DWARF Namwah / PIsang Awak Banana Tree Musa Hybrid Namwah, Pslang Awak
  • DWARF ‘FHIA-01’ Goldfinger Banana Tree Goldfinger FHIA-01
  • Monzano “Apple” Banana Tree Apple Banana Monzano
  • Blue Java Ice Cream Banana Tree” Musa acuminata × balbisiana (ABB Group) Blue Java, Ice Cream Banana
  • USDA Cultivated Gros Michel Banana Tree “Gros Michel, Guineo Giganet, Banano, and Platano Roatan in Spanish
  • Grand Nain “Naine” Banana Tree Musa acuminata Naine

Date Palm Phoenix dactylifera Deglet Noor
Date Palm Phoenix dactylifera Medjool

Jelly Palm Tree, Wine Palm – Butia capitata


Carribean Red Papaya Fruta Bomba
Yellow Papaya
Dwarf ‘TR Hovey’ Papaya Carica Papaya

Pineapple (Short Palm Shrub) Ananas comosus, Bromeliacea White Jade, Sugarloaf, Florida Special, Kona Sugarloaf, Striped Special

Aloe Vera, Medicinal Aloe Aloe Vera
Nopal, Prickly Pear Cactus, Padded Cactus Genus: Opuntias
Peruvian Apple AKA Night Blooming Cereus Cacti Cereus repandus
Dragon fruit (inside white, outside red) Hylocereus undatus Halley’s Comet
Dragon fruit (inside white, outside pink/red) Hylocereus undatus Undate
Dragon fruit (inside red-purple, outside red) Hylocereus costaricensis Red / Purple Dragon Fruit
H. triangularis?



Strawberry Tree – Muntingia calabura, (Jam tree, Jamaican / Singapore / Panama cherry, Cotton Candy Berry, Calabura, Manzanil); Family: Elaeocarpaceae.