Greg Grant PLANT INTRODUCTIONS
(revised June 1, 1999)
Aquilegia x puryearana 'Blazing Stars' (Blazing Stars
Columbine): A seed propagated hybrid between the Texas natives,
Aquilegia canadensis and Aquilegia chrysantha hinkleyana . Red
and yellow flowers with large blooms. Named for friend Pam Puryear
of Navasota where the cross first occurred. Ten years of selection
for desired form and color. Introduced by Color Spot in 1999.
Bignonia capreoplata 'Helen Fredel' (Orange Cross Vine):
A unique crossvine from 95 year old Helen Fredel's garden in College
Station, Texas. Flower color is something between 'Atrosanguinea'
and 'Tangerine Beauty'*red-orange with a yellow throat. Flower
size is larger than both however. Originally on an old two-story
house in her neighborhood. Worth comparing.
Cynodon dactylon 'Bermuda Ghost' (Variegated Bermudagrass):
A white variegated sport with pick tinges that I found while mowing
the roadside in front of my parents house in Arcadia. Destined
to be rare or extinct.
Ipomoea battatas 'Summer Frost' (Summer Frost Sweet Potato):
A crinkled leafed, white variegated sweet potato. Occurred as
a sport in my cousin Rueben's sweet potato patch in Arcadia. Destined
to be rare or extinct.
Lantana camara 'Greg Grant' (Variegated Lantana): An unstable
yellow variegated sport of old fashioned lantana with pink and
yellow flowers that I found at a New Braunfels Church beneath
a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Named and introduced by Glasshouse
Works. Destined to be rare or extinct. Lantana montevidensis 'Imperial
Purple' (Purple Trailing Lantana): Purple flowered, white eyed
sport of trailing lavender lantana from plants obtained from Joe
Toquigny in Seguin. Introduced by Lone Star Growers.
Lonicera x 'Pam's Pink' (Pam's Pink Honeysuckle): A bushy,
pink and cream flowered honeysuckle from Pam Puryear's grandmother
in Navasota. Like 'Gold Flame' without the gold or the mildew.
Possibly Lonicera x americana, one of the parents of Lonicera
x heckrottii. Also sent around as 'Navasota' and 'Welch', which
both trace their origins back to the cuttings Pam gave me while
I worked with Lone Star in San Antonio. A 2003 TAMU CEMAP promotion.
Lupinus texensis 'Texas Maroon' (Maroon Bluebonnet): An
Aggie Maroon strain of the Texas State Flower. Took years of selection
from original blue tinges on pink flowers in a field of pink bluebonnets
in LaPryor. A joint introduction with Dr. Jerry Parsons. Introduced
by Wildseed. A 2000 TAMU CEMAP promotion.
Oxalis crassipes 'Snowflake' (White Snowflake Oxalis):
A white flowered oxalis with irregularly divided petals. Looks
like shredded coconut. Seedling from a neighbor's yard in Arcadia.
Propagated by division.
Pentas lanceolata 'Stars and Stripes' (Variegated Pentas):
Green and white variegated leaves with red flowers. A sport of
'Ruby Glow' from my trials at Lone Star Growers. Best variegation
in full sun. Introduced by Peterson Brothers.
Petunia violacea 'Jade' (Variegated Petunia): A crinkled
gray-green variegated sport of a 'VIP' seedling, with violet flowers.
Destined to be rare or extinct.
Petunia violacea (P. integrifolia) 'VIP' (VIP Petunia):
A vegetatively propagated, small flowered, heat tolerant petunia
with violet colored flowers. A selection from seed collected in
Stuttgart, Germany. Introduced by Lone Star Growers. A 1999 TAMU
Petunia x violacea 'Laura Bush' (Laura Bush Petunia):
A seed propagated, heat tolerant, reseeding petunia that occurred
as a cross between Petunia violacea and a block of old fashioned
petunias (Petunia x hybrida). Introduced by Peterson Brothers.
A joint introduction with Dr. Jerry Parsons, with the TAEX in
San Antonio. A 2002 TAMU CEMAP promotion.
Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick' (John Fanick Phlox): A
heat tolerant compact phlox with light pink flowers and darker
eyes. Found it in a ladies yard on Rigsby street in San Antonio.
Named for deceased good friend and nurseryman, John Fanick. Photinia
x 'Carolyn' (Red Tip Photinia): A big leafed "Chinese Type" photinia
seedling with red new leaves. Disease resistance unknown. A joint
introduction with Dr. Jerry Parsons. Named for his first wife.
Photinia x 'Oneita' (Dwarf Red Tip): A dwarf, narrow leafed
red tip photinia seedling. Disease resistance unknown. A joint
introduction with Dr. Jerry Parsons. Named for his deceased mother
in Tennessee. Trial only.
Plectranthus colieodes 'Lime Light' (Tricolored Iboza):
A sport of marginatus with three and sometimes four colors of
variegation (green, white, cream, and grey-green).
Portulaca x 'Hula Girl' (Hula Girl Purslane): A chimeral
sport off of a Yubi with large hot pink flowers splashed with
Rosa chinensis 'Speedy Gonzales' (Climbing Martha Gonzales):
A climbing sport of 'Martha Gonzales' that I found in a San
Antonio hospital parking lot while Jerry Parsons was dying. Very
vigorous with maroon new growth. Heavy spring bloom with scattered
repeat. Introduced by King's Nursery.
Rosa gallica 'Canary Island' (Canary Island Rose): A once
blooming, fragrant, dark pink European rose from an old specimen
in San Antonio. Brought over from the Canary Islands. Introduced
by the Antique Rose Emporium.
Rosa x odorata 'Big Mamma's Blush' (Blush Tea Rose): A
pink quartered old tea rose from my great grandmother, Miss Dee
(Big Momma) in Arcadia. Very close to the extinct original tea
rose, Hume's Blush Tea Scented China.
Rosa x odorata 'Lemon Tea' (Yellow Tea Rose): A thornless,
upright, pale yellow tea rose from a 65 year old specimen in San
Rosa x polyantha 'Marie Daly' (Marie Daly Rose): A fragrant,
pink flowered sport of the popular polyantha, 'Marie Pavie' from
my mom's back yard in Arcadia. Color is pinker in cooler weather
and on newly opened flowered. Mostly thornless and grown on it's
own roots from cuttings. Propagate from thornless shoots only.
Named after one of my dearest (deceased) friends whose yard I
mowed as a kid. Introduced by King's Nursery. A 2003 TAMU CEMAP
Ruellia brittoniana 'Colobe Pink' (Dwarf Pink Ruellia):
A dwarf pink flowered Mexican Petunia. A cross of Ruellia brittoniana
and Ruellia brittoniana 'Chi Chi' from my yard in San Antonio.
Plant patented and introduced by Color Spot Nurseries.
Salvia greggii 'Rachel' (Variegated Autumn Sage): A yellow
variegated sport of Salvia greggii with white flowers. Destined
to be rare or extinct. Named after Rachel Emrick because it's
blonde and odd.
Tecoma stans 'Gold Star' (Gold Star Esperanza): A precocious,
prolific flowering "yellow bells" selected from a private residence
in southwest San Antonio. Introduced by Lone Star Growers. A 1999
TAMU CEMAP promotion.
Verbena x hybrida 'Blue Princess' (Blue Princess Verbena):
A prolific, heat tolerant, perennial verbena that I obtained from
the Royal Horticultural Society's nursery at Wisley, in England,
on a trip with J.C. Raulston. Introduced by Lone Star Growers.
A 1998 TAMU CEMAP promotion.
Verbena x hybrida 'Pinwheel Princess' (Pinwheel Princess Verbena):
A blue and white pinwheel striped sport of 'Blue Princess' from
the SFA Arboretum's former Hibiscus bed in Phase I. What appears
to be an identical sport found by former SFA grad Matt Welch in
North Carolina. We'll make it a joint introduction if they are
Verbena x hybrida 'Snow Princess' (White Princess Verbena):
A dwarf, white flowered seedling of 'Blue Princess' Verbena from
my mom's yard in Arcadia. New flowers tinged violet-blue in cool
weather. Destined to be rare or extinct.
Verbena x hybrida 'Tiger Rose' (Tiger Rose Verbena): The
most vigorous of any perennial verbena. Has gaudy magenta flowers
with purple stripes. Possibly the virus-free version of 'Fiesta'.
From my Great Aunt's yard in Arcadia. The most common old verbena
in East Texas.
Vitex agnus-castus 'Lecompte' (Blue Chaste Tree): Most
beautiful vitex I ever saw. Long sapphire-blue flower spikes.
From a little old yard in Lecompte, Louisiana.
Vitex agnus castus 'Salinas Pink' (Pink Chaste Tree):
Pinkest vitex I ever saw. Light pink flower spikes. From Mrs.
Salinas' yard in San Antonio. Planted by her mother.