Plant Introductions by Suncrest Nurseries

One of the major elements of our work at Suncrest has been the testing and introduction of promising new plants for the enrichment of California gardens. This work has proceeded on several fronts. We select interesting California natives in the wild; make deliberate hybrids among our favorite plant groups in the nursery; choose superior individuals and strains from seedling batches; and make enthusiastic use of serendipity, in which new plants just "appear", thanks to the work of bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

You'll find a current listing of Suncrest introductions below, together with capsule descriptions. Use the page numbers at the bottom of the display to browse the full list. Click on any of the names that strike your fancy to see a fuller display of plant characteristics, cultural requirements and tolerances, and a picture if one is available. You'll also find a flyer on Suncrest introductions available from the Publications page.

Plant Name Capsule Description
Iris 'Starry Nights' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid, to 18 inches. Deepest blue purple flowers, bold white spray.
Iris 'Velvet Dreams' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid. 12-18 inches. Deepest purple flowers, muted gold spray.
Iris 'Violeta' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid. Large vivid violet flowers have yellow and white spray.
Kniphofia 'Inferno' Large heads of bright orange flowers on 5 foot+ stems, summer.
Lavandula angustifolia 'Martha Roderick' 18 inches feet, dense; very aromatic; bright lavender flowers.
Lavandula stoechas 'Wings of Night' Bushy, to 2 feet+; grey leaves, large, dark flower bracts.
Lewisia 'Dark Cloud' Suncrest Nurseries seed strain; flowers deep rose.
Lewisia 'Pink Cloud' Suncrest Nurseries hybrids, 8 inch flower sprays. Large bright pink flowers.
Lewisia 'White Cloud' Suncrest Nurseries hybrids. Succulent rosettes, sprays of white flowers.
Leymus (Elymus) triticoides 'Grey Dawn' Colonizing grass with narrow, soft grey erect stems to 2 feet or more.
Lilium 'Corralitos Hybrids' Wintergreen Nursery native hybrids. 3 feet+ stem. Fragrant flowers rose to scarlet.
Lilium 'Firefly' To 4 feet. Red flowers on erect stems in summer. From Corralitos Hybrids seed strain.
Lilium pardalinum 'Gualala Giant' Leopard Lily; 6 feet or more; flowers dark orange & yellow.
Mahonia (Berberis) 'Skylark' 6 feet, bushy; glossy leaves, red new growth, yellow flowers.
Malacothamnus fasciculatus 'Casitas' Upright to 8 feet. Large lobed grey leaves, cupped pink flowers.
Malacothamnus palmeri 'Hanging Valley' 4-6 feet; open growth. Large lobed, grey-green leaves, heads of pink flowers.
Malacothamnus palmeri 'Jolon' Santa Lucia bush mallow. Green leaves, white flowers, to 4 feet.
Mandevilla laxa 'White Star' Chilean jasmine. Floriferous selection; fragrant white flowers.
Michelia yunnanensis 'Snowbird' Suncrest selection. Spreading habit. Floriferous, large fragrant white flowers.
Mimulus aurantiacus 'Electric Pumpkin' Erect habit, with masses of bright orange flowers in spring and early summer.