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
Passiflora 'Lavender Lady' Dark, narrowly lobed leaves; purple flowers. Patrick Worley hybrid.
Passiflora 'Leonor' Large flowers have light violet petals, blue filaments.
Passiflora 'Monika Fischer' Deep purple fls w/contrasting white center band. Lobed lvs.
Passiflora 'Purple Tiger' Patrick Worley hybrid. Lush leaves; red violet flowers, purple and white banded filaments.
Passiflora 'Quasar' TM Patrick Worley hybrid. Pure white petals and filaments, large orange fruits.
Passiflora 'Witchcraft' TM Dense growth; small dark leaves; 3 inch violet flowers. Patrick Worley hybrid.
Penstemon 'Glitterbelle' TM 2 feet high. Ruby red violet buds open with pure white throat.
Penstemon gloxinioides 'Belle of Dawn' TM 3 feet. Wide rosy red purple flowers, white throat. Long bloom.
Penstemon gloxinioides 'Bev Jensen' 2-3 feet. Bright rosy pink flowers, white throat. Long bloom.
Penstemon gloxinioides 'Lavender Belle' TM To 3 feet. Wide leaves; bright red purple flowers, white throat.
Penstemon gloxinioides 'Midnight' Wintergreen Nursery selection. 2-3 feet, bushy; dark green leaves, large purple flowers.
Penstemon gloxinioides 'Painted Lady' TM Flowers are bright rosy red-violet, with red-lined white throat. Deep red splash on lower lip.
Penstemon heterophyllus--Panoche strain Low perennial with bright blue flowers from yellow buds in spring.
Penstemon newberryi var. sonomensis 'St. Helena' Choice rock garden shrublet; green leaves, bright red flowers.
Philadelphus lewisii 'Covelo' Wintergreen Nursery selection. 4-8 feet high and wide. Bushy with arching stems. Fragrant white flowers.
Philadelphus lewisii 'Goose Creek' Native mock-orange; fragrant double white flowers.
Philadelphus microphyllus 'Desert Snow' 4-5 feet. Twiggy. Felted leaves. Fragrant white flowers, summer.
Phormium 'Green Glow' 4-5 feet. Wide lush green leaves. Robust. Suncrest Nurseries introduction.
Phormium 'Lady in Red' Suncrest selection. 4-5 feet. Reddish bronze wide leaves; graceful drooping tips.
Phormium 'Pancho's Sport' 4 feet. Chocolate-green center, creamy yellow edges. Erect habit.