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
Aquilegia x semiaquilegia 'Night Dancer' Suncrest hybrid. Showy. Dwarf plant, lacy foliage, many purple flowers.
Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Bright Beauty' Dense mounding shrub with bright green leaves. White flowers in spring.
Arctostaphylos manzanita 'St. Helena' Parry manzanita. To 10 feet+; stout, wide-spreading, grey-green leaves and white flowers.
Arctostaphylos purissima 'Vandenberg' 3 feet high by 8 feet + wide; bright green leaves, white flowers.
Arctostaphylos rudis 'Vandenberg' Wintergreen Nursery selection; bushy, to 5 feet; bronze tips, pink flowers.
Arctostaphylos silvicola 'Grey Eagle' Silverleaf manzanita. Chalky grey leaves, white fls, spring.
Asclepias curassavica 'Wildfire' Scarlet milkweed. Red flushed leaves. Dark red and yellow flowers.
Babiana 'Bright Eyes' Baboon flower; pleated leaves; 1 foot stems; purple flowers.
Babiana 'Dark Mood' Baboon flower; deep rose flowers have maroon markings.
Babiana 'Deep Dreams' Deep blue flowers with muted white markings.
Babiana 'Deep Magic' Baboon flower; flowers reddish purple with dark tips.
Babiana 'Electric Rose' 12-18 inches. Baboon flower; dense clumps; flowers vivid rose.
Babiana 'Flash' Baboon flower. Flowers vivid red violet and purple.
Babiana 'Midnight Blues' Baboon flower. Dark blue flowers on spikes in spring.
Babiana 'Night Vision' Baboon flower. Deep purple and red flowers on 1 foot stems, spring.
Babiana 'Scintillation' Heavy-blooming selection; flowers lavender and white.
Begonia 'George Morneau' To 2 feet. Pendant white flowers spring to fall.
Berberis darwinii 'Sunglow' Floriferous. Dark golden orange flowers, shiny deep green leaves.
Bergenia emeiensis 'Rose Blush' Broad shiny leaves; nodding pale pink bell flowers.
Borinda fungosa 'Chocolate' Fountainlike clumps. Chocolate stems, lush sprays of leaves.