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
Salvia 'Debbie's Rose' TM Leafy, microphylla type hyb. Large fls. combine wide warm coral lip, rose tube.
Salvia 'Fancy Dancer' PP#24088 Suncrest hybrid. Creamy pink & raspberry flowers, compact habit. Greggii type.
Salvia 'Fire Dancer' TM Suncrest Nurseries hybrid. Bushy greggii type. Large coral-red flowers.
Salvia 'Flamenco Rose' TM Suncrest Nurseries hybrid. Bushy, very large bright rose pink flowers.
Salvia 'Full Moon' TM 18 inches high. Suncrest hybrid. Creamy lower lip, rose tube, black stems. Dense.
Salvia 'Golden Girl' PP#23997 Suncrest hybrid. Very compact. Bright golden yellow flowers, greggii type.
Salvia 'Golden Ruffles' TM Suncrest hybrid. Greggii type. Dark calyx, many ruffled yellow flowers.
Salvia greggii 'Moonlight' Wintergreen Nursery selection; dense, with moonlight-yellow flowers.
Salvia 'Lemon Light' PP#24105 18 inches high. Compact habit; clear lemon yellow flowers.
Salvia leucophylla 'Figueroa' 3-4 feet. Native sage. White leaves. Pink flowers.
Salvia mellifera 'Sweet Honey' 3-4 feet. Sweetly aromatic green leaves, dense habit. Selected for good flavor.
Salvia microphylla 'Rosie O'Grady' Bushy, 2 feet. Fresh green leaves, pink flowers. Spreading.
Salvia moorcroftiana x indica Broad low blue grey leaves; 2 feet+ stems with bright lavender blue flowers in spring.
Salvia 'Neon Dancer' TM Suncrest Nurseries hybrid. Bushy greggii type, wild purplish-red flowers.
Salvia 'Orchid Glow' PP#22520 Suncrest hybrid. Large vivid purplish magenta flowers. Microphylla type.
Salvia 'Pink Frills' TM Suncrest hybrid. 2 feet high. White flowers, frilly light rose pink lip. Greggii type.
Salvia 'Shell Dancer' PP#20680 Suncrest Nurseries introduction. Robust, upright. Bright rose and salmon flowers.
Salvia sonomensis 'Fremont's Carpet' Carpeting subshrub. Narrow furry leaves, blue purple flowers in sprng.
Salvia sonomensis 'Gorda' Furry grey leaves, blue-purple flowers in spring. 8-12 inches high, 3-4 feet wide.
Salvia sonomensis 'Pine Canyon' Tight form of Sonoma sage. Rounded grey-green leaves, lavender flowers.