California Natives at Suncrest Nurseries Inc.

Though Suncrest Nurseries offers interesting plants from several continents, including much of the United States, a few of us are almost obsessively devoted to the native plants of California. We regularly stalk the wilds, always with at least a semiconscious "eye out" for potentially gardenworthy natives, and we bring back seeds and cuttings from nearly every trip. We also rely on friends at several California botanic gardens, and on passionate native plant gardeners, who bring us their plant treasures for trial and possible introduction. All in all, it may be the best part of our work here, and we're privileged to be able to contribute a wide offering of beautiful natives to California horticulture.

You'll find a lengthy list of our native offerings below, organized by pages to make it a bit more manageable. Click on the name of any plant on the list for a fuller display of plant characteristics and cultural needs and possibilities. Also be sure to download our flyer on native plants from the Publications page of this site, for easy reference offline.

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Plant Name Capsule Description
Pellaea mucronata 12 inches. California native rock fern; wiry stems, grey leaflets.
Penstemon azureus Flower stems to 18 inches; blue flowers over grey-green leaves.
Penstemon azureus var. angustissimus 12-18 inches. Narrow blue grey leaves; yellow buds open to blue flowers.
Penstemon centranthifolius Scarlet bugler; 2-4 feet; grey leaves, bright red flowers.
Penstemon clevelandii hybrid Low grey leaves; bright rose pink flowers on 18-24 inch spikes.
Penstemon eatonii Low green leaves; 2-3 foot stems with bright orange narrow flowers.
Penstemon grinnellii 3 feet+; native with large toothed leaves, lavender flowers.
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs' 1-2 feet; Foothill penstemon. True blue flowers.
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP' Bushy, 1-2 feet. Blue-green leaves, bright blue flowers. Disease resistant.
Penstemon heterophyllus--Panoche strain Low perennial with bright blue flowers from yellow buds in spring.
Penstemon newberryi var. sonomensis 'St. Helena' Choice rock garden shrublet; green leaves, bright red flowers.
Penstemon palmeri Long spikes of fragrant pink flowers, toothed grey green leaves.
Penstemon procerus var. formosus Matting penstemon with green leaves; blue purple flowers.
Penstemon rostriflorus (bridgesii) To 3 feet. Red tubular flowers bloom summer and fall. Green leaves.
Penstemon rydbergii Meadow penstemon, to 2 feet. Low green leaves; blue purple flowers.
Penstemon speciosus x ? Low green leaves; 2 foot spikes of bright blue flowers.
Penstemon spectabilis Sturdy, 3 feet+; large toothed leaves, blue purple flowers.
Phacelia bolanderi Perennial. Low grey-green leaves; heads of lavender blue flowers.
Phacelia californica Neat clumps of dark-grey leaves, heads of lilac flowers on 16 inch stems. Perennial.
Phacelia campanularia Desert bluebells. Vivid dark blue flowers over grey green leaves.

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