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
Malacothamnus palmeri 'Hanging Valley' 4-6 feet; open growth. Large lobed, grey-green leaves, heads of pink flowers.
Malacothamnus palmeri 'Jolon' Santa Lucia bush mallow. Green leaves, white flowers, to 4 feet.
Mandevilla laxa 'White Star' Chilean jasmine. Floriferous selection; fragrant white flowers.
Michelia yunnanensis 'Snowbird' changed to Magnolia laevifolia 'Snowbird'
Mimulus aurantiacus 'Electric Pumpkin' Erect habit, with masses of bright orange flowers in spring and early summer.
Mimulus aurantiacus 'Pine Canyon' Monkeyflower; bushy, narrow leaves, ruffled soft yellow flowers.
Mimulus bifidus 'Cone Peak' Mock azalea. Bushy, with orange flowers edged white.
Mimulus bifidus 'Junipero Serra' Mock azalea. Bushy, to 18 inches. Large orange flowers, marked white.
Mimulus 'Jelly Beans Betabel' Vivid rosy magenta flowers with golden throat. Long bloom.
Nerine bowdenii 'Wayne's Rose' 2 feet; Amaryllis ally; large spidery deep pink flowers in late summer and fall.
Origanum 'Rose Beauty' 8 inches +. Mats of aromatic stems, wide rosy bracts.
Otatea acuminata ssp. aztecorum 'Chica' Suncrest selection. Mexican weeping bamboo; dwarf selection, profusely clumping.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia 'Purple Falls' Large divided leaves turn plum purple in fall. Clinging vine.
Passiflora 'Ava' Lobed green leaves, bright light pink drooping flowers, yellow edible, tangy fruits.
Passiflora 'Blue Horizon' TM Showy Pat Worley hybrid; white petals, purple-blue corona.
Passiflora 'Donna Brigham' TM Textured dark green leaves, bright pink flowers. Patrick Worley hybrid.
Passiflora 'Elizabeth' Vigorous, with large shiny leaves, huge purple flowers. Patrick Worley hybrid.
Passiflora 'Fata Confetto' 3-4 inch lavender fls with many banded lavender and white filaments. Long bloom, hardy.
Passiflora 'Gloria Moreno' TM Shiny leaves; long-tubed, bright pink flowers. Patrick Worley hybrid.
Passiflora 'Inspiration' Many 5 inch purple flowers with blue and white banded filaments. P. incarnata x P. caerulea.