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
Sisyrinchium bellum 'Occidental' 12 inches; vigorous heavy-blooming clone; large purple flowers.
Sisyrinchium bellum 'Wild Night' Blue-eyed grass. Deepest blue-purple flowers, spring.
Sisyrinchium 'Wayne's Dwarf' 4-6 inches. Tight clump, blue purple flowers.
Solanum umbelliferum v. incanum 'Dark Eyes' Native subshrub. Green leaves and stems, vivid blue purple flowers.
Solanum umbelliferum v. incanum 'Indians Grey' Native subshrub. Grey leaves and stems, bright lavender flowers.
Spiraea densiflora 'Trinity Rose' 2-3 feet; blue-green leaves; rose-pink flowers in summer.
Stachys monieri 'Snowy' To 18 inches, quilted leaves; bright white flowers in dense heads.
Stipa gigantea 'Little Giant' Suncrest Nurseries selection. Clumps to 1 foot; flower stem to 3 feet. Shiny golden flowers.
Thymus x citriodorus 'Sweet Greens' Suncrest selection. Lush, low dark green mounds. Lavender pink flowers.
Tradescantia virginiana 'Violeta' Suncrest Nurseries selection. Virginia spiderwort. Large, vivid violet flowers.
Tradescantia virginiana 'Wild Eyes' Suncrest Nurseries selection. Virginia spiderwort; flowers white with lavender centers.
Trichostema 'Midnight Magic' TM Suncrest hybrid, to 4 feet. Bushy, with narrow leaves, large purple flowers. T. lanatum x purpusii.
Tricyrtis hirta 'Worley Hybrids' Toad lily. Leafy stems, purple-spotted flowers in late summer and fall.
Tritonia 'Flaming Fancy' Flame freesia. 1 foot+ flower stem. Coral orange flowers.
Tritonia 'Night Dancer' Flame freesia. 1 foot+ flower stem. Dark purplish red flowers.
Tritonia 'Rosy Picture' Spring bloom. Pink flowers with red markings.
Vaccinium ovatum 'Blue Madonna' Huckleberry; blue-green leaves, small white flowers, blue berries.
Vaccinium ovatum 'Indians Wanderer' Low, thicketing selection; reddish stems, dark narrow leaves, abundant flowers.
Vaccinium ovatum 'Wunderlich' Huckleberry. Shiny leaves, blue fruit, bronze new leaves.
Vitex agnus-castus 'Amiguita' Suncrest Nurseries selection. To 3-4 feet. Lavender blue flower spikes in summer.