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 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.
Salvia spathacea 'King Crimson' Large green, fragrant basal leaves; dark magenta flowers on 3 foot stalks.
Salvia 'Tangerine Ballet' TM Suncrest Nurseries hybrid. Upright, with large tangerine flowers. S.greggii type.
Salvia 'Valentina' S. darcyi x microphylla hybrid. Many dark ruby red flowers on flexible stems, to 3 feet.
Salvia 'Yellow Bird' TM 2 feet. Upright growth, dark leaves, large light yellow flowers. Suncrest Nurseries hybrid.
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.