Rare and unusual perennial plants for the Mediterranean climate.



 

Plants

 


The plants are listed in alphabetical order.
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plants that begin with that letter.


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Descriptions are based on our experience growing
these plants in both the garden and nursery setting.
Additional information and feedback is encouraged.

All plants are classified under USDA hardiness zones.

 

- Denotes NEW PLANTS for
 Crescent Hill Nursery in 2012



Please note that the photo links listed below all lead to Google
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Scientific Name:

Rehmannia elata ‘Popstar’

Common Name:

Chinese foxglove

Deciduous or Evergreen

hardy, rosette forming, evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

18-24” X 20"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

2” pink/purple tubular flowers w/ paler spotted throats, from spring to late autumn

Zone

zones 9-10

Description, Notes

[WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT GROWING THIS PLANT. FOR INFORMATION ONLY] Multiple bloom cycles, non-aggressive spreader

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita Red’

Common Name:

Castor Bean

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun

Height x Width
& How Stands

to 5' tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

outrageous luminous maroon/purple leaves to 3" width, spiky vivid red seed pods are a true eye catcher

Zone

hardy to 25° F

Description, Notes

a fast growing specimen plant for any garden, poisonous

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Rodgersia pinnata

Common Name:

Featherleaf Rodgersia

Deciduous or Evergreen

deciduous

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

shade to light sun

Height x Width
& How Stands

36" X 36"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

clusters of rose to pink Astilbe-like blooms in spring and summer

Zone

zones 5-7, hardy to 0° F

Description, Notes

bold and brazen leaf display with shades of bronze, red, and green. great near water features. likes moist soil conditions

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Rostrinucula dependens

Common Name:

Weeping Buddleja

Deciduous or Evergreen

deciduous

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

3-6' X 3-4'

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

gracefully arching lilac/pink blooms in spring/summer

Zone

zones 7-10

Description, Notes

[WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT GROWING THIS PLANT. FOR INFORMATION ONLY] Very unusual chinese native deserves a spot in any garden

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia chamaedryoides

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

1'-3' X 3'-4'

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

masses of bright blue tubular blooms spring-fall

Zone

hardy to 15-20° F

Description, Notes

Mexican native known for its mounding grey foliage clumps and sharply contrasted bright blue blooms; drought and deer resistant; attracts hummingbirds; excellent choice for dry shade/under oaks

Photo

(coming soon)

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia confertiflora

Common Name:

Red Velvet Sage

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

4-6' X 4-6'

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

long upright spikes of furry red/brown flowers in summer and fall

Zone

zones 9-11, hardy to 25° F

Description, Notes

majestic evergreen subshrub; attracts hummingbirds; nice cut or dried flower; deer resistant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia darcyi 'Pscarl' Vermilion Bluffs

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun

Height x Width
& How Stands

2-3' tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

cardinal-red flowers that glow in the sunlight

Zone

zones 5-10

Description, Notes

[WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT GROWING THIS PLANT. FOR INFORMATION ONLY] Hardy Salvia, hummingbird attractor, drought resistant once established

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia dombeyi

Common Name:

Sacred Incan Sage

Deciduous or Evergreen

deciduous

Perennial or Annual

perennial vine

Shade or Sun

partial sun to shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

10-12' tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

scarlet to orange flowers with dark brown bracts from late spring to late fall

Zone

zones 10-11, hardy to 30° F

Description, Notes

rarely seen salvia with huge showy blooms, attracts hummingbirds

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia 'Furman's Red'

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

woody perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

18-24" tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

blooms in dark red flushes

Zone

zones 5-10

Description, Notes

hardy Salvia, drought resistant once established, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant

Photo

n/a

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing'

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

deciduous to semi-deciduous in warmer regions

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

24-36" X 36"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

stunning coral / cherry / pink repeated blooms summer through fall

Zone

zones 6-10

Description, Notes

vigorous growing sage; perfect for cottage, mediterranean, and container gardens; more tolerant of cold damp winters than other S. greggii types; attracts hummingbirds

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue'

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

deciduous

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun

Height x Width
& How Stands

24-36" X 24-36"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

rich blue flowers burst from very dark purple (almost black) sepals

Zone

zones 7-11

Description, Notes

great contrast plant, excellent in containers, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia leucantha

Common Name:

Mexican Bush Sage

Deciduous or Evergreen

bushy, evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

to 36” tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

white downy stems, purple/white flower

Zone

hardy to 15-20° F

Description, Notes

blooms all year, deer resistant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

upright, evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

5' X 5'

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

flowers are pure white on upper lips and cherry red on lowers with many variations depending on the plant

Zone

hardy to 15-20° F

Description, Notes

blooms all year, deer resistant, great container specimen with nonstop color

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'

Common Name:

Violet Sage

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

12-18" X 12-18"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

blue-violet flowers repeatedly bloom from spring to late summer

Zone

hardy to 15-20° F

Description, Notes

drought tolerant, perfect for front borders, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Common Name:

Perennial Sage

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

18-24" X 12-18"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

rich display of spiky deep violet-blue flowers in spring thru late summer

Zone

hardy to 15-20° F

Description, Notes

drought tolerant, perfect color plant for mid-border, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia patens ‘Guanajuato’

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

tuberous, deciduous

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

to 5' tall!!

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

striking deep blue flowers to 4” with wide, open, mouths from early summer to autumn

Zone

hardy to 20-25° F

Description, Notes

rarely seen tall salvia patens variety, choice, deer resistant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia uliginosa

Common Name:

Blue Spiked Sage

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

4-6' X 3'

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

startling sky-blue clusters of tubular flowers spring through fall

Zone

zones 7-11

Description, Notes

[WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT GROWING THIS PLANT. FOR INFORMATION ONLY] Quick growing subshrub known for willowy foliage and unique blue flowers, native to wet locations, will stay more contained (2-3') in dryer locations

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia ‘Waverly’

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

4’ X 6’

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

white purple tubular flowers from spring to autumn

Zone

hardy to 25-30° F

Description, Notes

#1 Crescent Hill hummingbird delight

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia x coahuilensis

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

18-24" X 24"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

spikes of velvety purple long-lasting blooms

Zone

zones 8-10

Description, Notes

relentless bloomer!, aromatic foliage, attractive dark red stems, attracts hummingbirds

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Salvia x jamensis 'Sierra San Antonio'

Common Name:

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun

Height x Width
& How Stands

24-36" X 24-36"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

compact shrub with peach & yellow blooms

Zone

zones 8-11

Description, Notes

long bloomer, attracts hummingbirds, drought and deer resistant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Sambucus nigra 'Eva' Black Lace

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

deciduous

Perennial or Annual

perennial, shrub

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

6-8' tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

durable shrub with lacy, finely cut, soal-colored foliage that resembles Japanese Maples, creamy pink flower clusters appear in early summer

Zone

zones 4-7

Description, Notes

good in containers and mixed beds, striking

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'

Common Name:

Pincushion

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

12-18" X 12-18"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

known for its abundant large, lavender/blue, "pincushion" blooms all year in mild climates

Zone

zones 5-9, hardy

Description, Notes

[WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT GROWING THIS PLANT. FOR INFORMATION ONLY] Clumping, easily grown perennial; ideal for the front border and in mass; butterfly and beneficial insect attractor; deer resistant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Scleranthus biflorus

Common Name:

Australian Astroturf

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

2"-3" X 36"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

tiny cream yellow blooms in summer

Zone

zones 6-9

Description, Notes

a mossy groundcover for full sun; amazingly compact foliage clump ideal for rock gardens, in between stepping stones, or as an interesting edge to the front border

Photo

(coming soon)

 

Scientific Name:

Scleranthus uniflorus

Common Name:

New Zealand Moss

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

1"-3" X 12"-18"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

tiny cream blooms in summer

Zone

zones 6-9

Description, Notes

similar to Scleranthus biflorus but with a burnt orange hue that contrast nicely when paired with the former; New Zealand native; amazingly compact foliage clump ideal for rock gardens, in between stepping stones, or as an interesting edge to the front border

Photo

(coming soon)

 

Scientific Name:

Sedum morganianum

Common Name:

Burro’s Tail

Deciduous or Evergreen

pendant, evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

12” X indefinate

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

pale pink to deep scarlet purple flowers in spring and summer

Zone

hardy to 35° F

Description, Notes

succulent hanging basket

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Sedum 'Postmans Pride'  

Common Name:

Deciduous or Evergreen

deciduous

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

18-24” X 24"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

soft pink clusters of flowers summer through fall

Zone

zones 4-9, hardy

Description, Notes

compact, rounded form with glossy deep burgundy foliage; drought resistant; attracts butterflies; nice cut flower

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Sedum rubrotinctum

Common Name:

Pork & Beans

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

tender perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun

Height x Width
& How Stands

6-12" tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

pale yellow flower on this succulant

Zone

hardy

Description, Notes

[WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT GROWING THIS PLANT. FOR INFORMATION ONLY] Drought-tolerant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Sempervivum tectorum

Common Name:

Hen & Chicks

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

tender perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun

Height x Width
& How Stands

under 6" tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

pink to white flowers bloom late spring to summer

Zone

hardy

Description, Notes

[WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT GROWING THIS PLANT. FOR INFORMATION ONLY] Drought-tolerant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Senecio vitalis  

Common Name:

Blue Chalk Fingers

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

18-34” X 36-48”

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

creamy white blooms spring to summer

Zone

hardy to 25-30° F

Description, Notes

drought resistant South African native with unusual upright “fingers” of foliage; nice in mixed arrangement, in the mid-border, or as a ground cover

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Strobilanthes atropurpurea

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

to 3' tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

dark purplish-green leaves, pendant purple flowers in late winter to early spring

Zone

hardy to 25° F

Description, Notes

great low shrub for contrast color, attracts hummingbirds,

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Strobilanthes dyerias 'Persian Shield'

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

tender perennial

Shade or Sun

shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

24-36" X 36-48"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

adds stark purple contrast to mixed containers or landscape

Zone

zones 9-11

Description, Notes

Burma native, beautiful purple leaves flushed in silver, works indoors as a houseplant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Synadenium grantii 'Rubra'     

Common Name:

Africian Milk Bush

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

partial shade to full sun on the coast

Height x Width
& How Stands

6-8’ X 3-4’

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

inconspicuous blooms

Zone

hardy to 30-32° F

Description, Notes

pure maroon, thick, succulent foliage, sometimes splashed in green; excellent houseplant or a stunning showpiece for frostless locations

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Thymus citriodorus 'Argenteus'

Common Name:

Silver LemonThyme

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

4"-6" X 12"-16"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

lilac blooms in summer

Zone

zones 4-11

Description, Notes

ground cover grown for bright silver/white variegation and low carpeting form; strong citrous aroma; culinary; nice in containers for "spilling" effect; drought resistant once established; deer and rabbit resistant

Photo

(coming soon)

 

Scientific Name:

Thymus citriodorus 'Lime'

Common Name:

Lime Thyme

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

6" X 12"-16"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

pink/purple blooms in summer

Zone

zones 5-11

Description, Notes

ground cover grown for bright chartreuse/lime green scented foliage; culinary; nice in containers for "spilling" effect; drought resistant once established; deer and rabbit resistant

Photo

(coming soon)

 

Scientific Name:

Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'

Common Name:

Creeping Thyme

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

to 2" tall and spreading

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

blanketed in crimsony- purple flowers spring to fall

Zone

zones 4-9

Description, Notes

diminutive form is perfect for rock gardens, around stepping stones, and mixed plantings; tolerates foot traffic; attracts butterflies; deer and drought resistant

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Thymus praecox 'Elfin'

Common Name:

Elfin Thyme

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

to 2' tall and spreading

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

long lasting soft pink flowers in spring to fall

Zone

zones 2-9

Description, Notes

miniature form produces a hard, low, dark mat of fragrant foliage; maintenance free; great for rock gardens, around stepping stones, and in mixed plantings; drought and deer resistant; butterfly attractor; tolerates foot traffic

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Tibouchina heteromalla

Common Name:

Silver Leaf Princess Flower

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

tender perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

8-10' X 4-6'

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

purple velvety flowers bloom from mid summer to late fall

Zone

hardy to 30-32° F

Description, Notes

upright, compact variety, no flop, soft silver foliage, attractive all year

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Tradescantia 'Blue and Gold'

Common Name:

Spiderwort

Deciduous or Evergreen

deciduous

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

18-24" X 18-24"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

rich gentian-blue triangular flowers, set on bright yellow foliage

Zone

zones 3-9

Description, Notes

brightens up any dark area, attracts butterflies, likes moist soils

Photo

link

 
 

Scientific Name:

Tricyrtis 'Empress'

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

spreading, clumping, perennial

Shade or Sun

partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

12-18" tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

elegant orchid-like white, spotted flowers summer to fall

Zone

zones 6-9, hardy

Description, Notes

nice in mass or containers

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Tricyrtis 'Taipei Silk'

Common Name:

 

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

spreading, clumping, perennial

Shade or Sun

partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

to 24" tall

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

exotic speckled purple orchid-like flowers throughout the summer, glossy foliage

Zone

zones 6-9, hardy

Description, Notes

blooms that "stop the show!", nice in mass or containers

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Veronica spicata 'Inspire Blue'  

Common Name:

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

18-24” X 18-24”

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

slender spikes of bright blue blooms spring and summer

Zone

zones 3-9

Description, Notes

matting front border plant with unusual color; cut/dried flower, deer/rabbit resistant; attracts butterflies

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Veronica spicata 'Red Fox'

Common Name:

Spike Speedwell

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

12-24" X 18-24"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

magenta flowers bloom repeatedly

Zone

zones 3-9, hardy

Description, Notes

attracts butterflies, deer resistant, long blooming

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles'

Common Name:

Dwarf Spike Speedwell

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun to partial shade

Height x Width
& How Stands

8-12" X 12-24"

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

short spikes of bright blue flowers in early summer

Zone

zones 3-9, hardy

Description, Notes

[WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT GROWING THIS PLANT. FOR INFORMATION ONLY] Attracts butterflies, , deer resistant, long blooming

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Woodwardia fimbriata  

Common Name:

Giant Chain Fern

Deciduous or Evergreen

evergreen

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

shade to sun (with adequate water)

Height x Width
& How Stands

to 6’ X 6’

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

Zone

zones 8-11, hardy to low 20°‘s,

Description, Notes

CA. native fern with soft green deeply cut fronds; fronds can reach 6-9’ in dank coastal conditions!

Photo

link

 

Scientific Name:

Zauschneria canum 'Catalina'  

Common Name:

Catalina Fuchsia

Deciduous or Evergreen

deciduous

Perennial or Annual

perennial

Shade or Sun

full sun

Height x Width
& How Stands

1'-3' X 4'

Flower Color
& Bloom Time

abundant vivid orange tubular blooms summer-fall

Zone

hardy to -10° F

Description, Notes

California native shrub grown for contrasting grey-green foliage and bright orange blooms; hummingbird magnet; drought resistant; well-drained soils

Photo

(coming soon)

Please note that the photo links listed above all lead to Google
Image Search results pages. Not all the photos on those
pages are of the particular plant in question.



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