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
Hosta 'Minibelle' Diminutive hosta. 2-4 inch deep green leaves; lavender flowers.
Iris 'Ace of Spades' Suncrest selection. Deepest purple flowers, ivory center edged red violet.
Iris 'Black Frills' Suncrest hybrid. Blackish violet flowers, deep red eye.
Iris 'Bright Lights' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid. Rosy lavender standards, red violet falls, dark eye.
Iris 'Dark Clouds' Suncrest hybrid. Deep violet flowers, narrow gold flash. Very narrow leaves, compact clump.
Iris 'Dark Delight' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid. Glossy green leaves, dark red violet flowers.
Iris 'Dark Eyes' Suncrest Nurseries hybrid. Rosy lavender petals, dark eye.
Iris 'Deep Dusk' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid. Glossy green leaves, shiny red violet flowers.
Iris douglasiana 'Portuguese Beach' Wide green leaves; purple flowers in spring.
Iris 'Golden Ruffles' Pacifica hybrid. Ruffled golden yellow flowers, spring.
Iris 'Lavender Frills' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid. 12-18 inches. Large lavender pink flowers.
Iris 'Little Warrior' Wintergreen Nursery hybrid; dwarf, with violet flowers.
Iris macrosiphon 'Mt. Madonna' Small, narrow-leaved native; dainty, purple flowers.
Iris 'Madonna Three' Suncrest Nurseries hybrid. Grassy leaves, soft lavender blue flowers.
Iris 'Madonna Too' Suncrest Nurseries hybrid. Grassy leaves, bright lavender flowers.
Iris 'Midnight Muse' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid. Deep violet, dark shading.
Iris 'Orchid Eyes' Suncrest introduction. Dwarf. Like 'Little Warrior' but larger.
Iris 'Patrick's Copper' Suncrest Nurseries Pacifica hybrid. Bright copper color flowers, spring.
Iris 'Patrick's Gold' Suncrest Pacifica hybrid. Bright golden yellow flowers, spring.
Iris 'Petite Violets' Suncrest Nurseries seedlings. Smaller scale, violet shades.