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 'Pink Parfait' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid. 18 inches. Light pink flowers/raspberry center.
Iris 'Rosy Elf' Suncrest introduction. Lavender pink flowers, black-red eye, purple veins.
Iris 'Silver Moon' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid; violet flowers with white standards.
Iris 'Spring Shadows' Suncrest hybrid. Dark red violet flowers, black eye. Late bloom.
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.
Magnolia laevifolia 'Snowbird' Suncrest selection. Spreading habit. Floriferous, large fragrant white flowers. (was Michelia yunnanensis 'Snowbird')
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.