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
Rhododendron occidentale--Smith River strain Western azalea; 6 feet; large fragrant white flowers with pink and yellow markings.
Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Dark Lights' 4 inches high. Profuse growth, grassy leaves, rose red flowers.
Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Glitterbug' Suncrest Nurseries hybrid. 4 inches. Robust plant with bright pink flowers that age lighter.
Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Pintado' 4 inches. Grassy tufts. Fragrant pale pink flowers, tipped deep red.
Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Wintergreen Red' 4 inches high. Profuse growth, grassy leaves, red flowers.
Ribes malvaceum var. viridifolium 'Ortega Beauty' Chaparral currant. Furry lobed leaves, cherry-red flowers.
Ribes roezlii var. cruentum 'Dixie Glade' 3-4 feet. Lobed leaves, spiny stems, dark red & white flowers.
Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 'Spring Showers' Pink flowering currant; 6 feet, long pink flower tresses.
Ribes speciosum 'Pincushion' 2 feet+. Low form of fuchsia-flowered gooseberry. Spiny shrub; dangling red flowers.
Ribes speciosum 'Rana Creek' 6 feet high. Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry. Spiny stems, pendant bright red flowers in winter and spring.
Rosa californica 'First Dawn' Thicketing native, to 6 feet; single creamy pink flowers.
Salvia 'Autumn Moon' PP#24106 2 feet. Greggii type. Creamy flowers with rose tube, red stems.
Salvia 'Bedazzle' Low, clumping sage. Narrow grey leaves; showy spikes of deep blue flowers set in rosy bracts.
Salvia 'Bright Eyes' PP#22491 2-3 feet. Very large bright red flowers, white "eye". Greggii type.
Salvia 'Dancing Dolls' PP#19820 Suncrest Nurseries introduction; clouds of rose and cream flowers, dark stems.
Salvia 'Dancing Embers' TM Suncrest Nurseries hybrid. Dark shiny leaves, huge vivid red flowers.
Salvia 'Dancing Lights' TM Suncrest hybrid. Microphylla type has vivid rose red & light pink flowers.
Salvia 'Dancing Shadows' TM Suncrest hybrid. Painted icy pink and white flowers, red violet stems.
Salvia 'Dark Dancer' Wintergreen Nursery selection. Bushy, with large, vivid plum purple flowers.
Salvia 'Debbie's Rose' TM Leafy, microphylla type hyb. Large fls. combine wide warm coral lip, rose tube.