Fall, 1989 - September ---- Texas Bluebonnet; Texas Pride

  1. Texas Bluebonnet
  2. Texas Bluebonnet
  3. Texas Bluebonnet
  4. Texas Bluebonnet
  5. Texas Bluebonnet
  6. Texas Bluebonnet
  7. Texas Bluebonnet
  8. Texas Bluebonnet

Summer, 1990 - May ---- 'Firebush' (Hamelia patens)

  1. Firebush

Fall, 1990 - August ------ Mari-Mums

  1. Mari-Mums
  2. Mari-Mums
  3. Mari-Mums
  4. Mari-Mums

Fall, 1992 - August ------ 'Surefire' tomato

Spring, 1993 - February ----- Satsuma Mandarin

  1. Satsuma
  2. Satsuma
  3. Satsuma

Spring, 1993 - March ---- 'Texas Gold' Columbine

  1. Texas Gold Columbine
  2. Texas Gold Columbine

Fall, 1993 - October ---- Chinese Pistache

Spring, 1995 - April ---- SuperSun Coleus - 'Plum Parfait', 'Burgandy Sun'

SPRING (February - March), 1997 -- Large-fruited tomato variety -- Merced (Northrup-King) SUPERSTAR TAG

Imperial Purple or Weeping Lavender (Lantana montevidensis) and

Weeping White or White Lightning Lantana (Lantana montevidensis) for
SUPERSTAR TAG fragrance and beauty

Begin statewide trialing in '96; San Antonio promotions in '96

  1. Weeping Lantana

FALL (August), '97 -- Salvia leucantha


Begin statewide trialing in '97; San Antonio promotions began in '96

  1. Verbena

SPRING (May 1st), 1998 Scaevola aemula 'New Blue Wonder' Fan Flower SUPERSTAR TAG

SPRING - SUMMER (May 22 - Memorial Day), 1998 ---- Large-flowered Purslane (Yubi-type) For hot summer color

  1. Large Flowered Pursland

SPRING (Late March), 1999 ---- VIP (Violet In Profusion or Very Important Petunia) petunia SUPERSTAR TAG

Begin statewide trialing in '98; NEVER officially promoted in San Antonio

  1. VIP Petunia

Summer, (Late May) 1999 --------------------- 'Gold Star' Esparanza (Tecoma stans) (Greg Grant's Selection) SUPERSTAR TAG

Begin statewide trialing in 1998; Did television when Greg was in San Antonio in 1995

  1. Gold Star Esperanza

Fall, (October) 1999 ------------- RED BERRIES FOR WINTER BEAUTIFICATION Possum Haw Holly

SPRING ( early April), '2000 --- Maroon- colored Bluebonnet (transplant) named 'Texas Maroon' and/or 'Alamo Fire' SUPERSTAR TAG

  1. Maroon Bluebonnet
  2. Maroon Bluebonnet
  3. Maroon Bluebonnet

SUMMER (June-July) , '2000 --- BIG BLOOMERS FOR SUMMER BEAUTY Perennial Hibiscus -- Moy Grande (rose), Flare (hot pink) and Lord Baltimore (bright red) SUPERSTAR TAG SUPERSTAR TAG SUPERSTAR TAG

Begin statewide trialing in 1998 and have San Antonio trial promotion in 1995 and 1996

  1. Hibiscus
  2. Hibiscus
  3. Hibiscus
  4. Hibiscus


Bunny Bloom Larkspur (Consolida ambigua)-- Mixed colors containing a SUPERSTAR TAG selection with pink petals and white "bunny" head from transplants combined with double flowered types from Wildseed and seeded in the fall of 2000.

Had San Antonio trial promotion in 1996, 1997 and 1998

  1. Bunny Bloom Larkspur
  2. Bunny Bloom Larkspur

Spring (April), '2001 -----'Laura Bush' Petunia (Petunia x 'Laura Bush) Available in blue and pink (Petunia x pink 'Laura Bush')

Begin statewide trialing in '97 and have San Antonio trial promotion in '98

  1. Laura Bush Petunia

Late Spring (May), '2001 ----- 'Butterfly' Deep Pink Pentas (not cherry red) from Pan American Penta lanceolata 'Butterfly Deep Pink'

Fall (October), '2001 ---------- Oriental Maple (Also known as Chinese Maple, Purpleblow Maple, Shantung Maple) (Acer truncatum) SUPERSTAR TAG

SPRING, '2002 ----- Dwarf Ruellias (Mexican petunia) (Ruellia brittoniana) such as 'Katie Dwarf', 'Bonita' Pink Dwarf 'Katie', and the Dwarf White SUPERSTAR TAG 'Katie'.

SPRING (April), '2002 ----- Belinda's Dream (Rosa x 'Belinda's Dream) - SUPERSTAR TAG
Combination old-fashioned and hybrid Tea with fragrance and durability

Begin statewide trialing in '98

  1. Belinda's Dream Rose

SUMMER (May), '2002 -------- Perennial Phlox 'John Fanick' and 'Victoria') (Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick')

The 'John Fanick' phlox is white with a burgundy eye.
The 'Victoria' phlox is lavender.

Begin statewide trialing in '98 and have test promotion in San Antonio in '99

  1. Perennial Phlox
  2. Perennial Phlox

FALL (October), '2002 ------------- Lacey Oak (Quercus glaucoides)

SPRING (February), '2003 ------------ Phalaenopsis Orchid (Phalaenopsis spp.)

  1. Phalaenopsis Orchid
  2. Phalaenopsis Orchid

SUMMER, '2003--------'Marie Daly' Rose (Rosa x polyantha 'Marie Daly') -- Pink - and - Pretty -- An old-fashioned, thornless SUPERSTAR TAG antique rose -- a pink selection of one of the best, Marie Pavie.

SPRING (March) '2004 --Virus-free, large fruited tomato named 'Tomato 444 ('Large Healthy Surprise') which can be seen at:

SPRING (April) '2004 --- 'Knockout' Rose

FALL, '2004 -------- Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muhlenbergi)

SPRING (April) '2005 --- Blue Plumbago

SUMMER,(June) '2005--------Tapioca

SUMMER, (May) '2005 ------------- 'Texas Lilac' Vitex (Chaste trees (Vitex agnus-castus)

SPRING, (April) 2006 * 'Henry Duelberg' Salvia


SPRING (May) 2006 - Duranta repens and Duranta 'Gold Edge'


SUMMER (August) 2006 - Water Gardening with Texas' Best Water plants such as ‘Texas Dawn' Waterlily.



SPRING, (April) 2007 -------- SunPride Tomato (Commercial Source: Jim Williams, Seminis/Baxter Seed Company, Inc., 230 West Mesquite, Uvalde, TX 78801 : Telephone: Office: 830-278-4139 : Fax: 830- 278-4140; Toll Free: 1-800-662-3957) (Home Garden Source:



Green Magic Broccoli (Commercial Source: Jim Williams, Seminis/Baxter Seed Company, Inc., 230 West Mesquite, Uvalde, TX 78801 : Telephone: Office: 830-278-4139 : Fax: 830- 278-4140; Toll Free: 1-800-662-3957) and - For Home Gardeners the variety Emerald Pride Broccoli can be substituted and found at:



Capsicum Annuum 'NuMex Twilight' Ornamental Pepper

SPRING (April) Petunia ‘Tidal Wave Cherry' 1 Packet (12 seeds) $4.95 1 Packet (15 seed) $3.95

and Petunia ‘Tidal Wave Silver' Trailing 1 packet (15 seeds) $4.95 1 packet (10 pelleted seed) $3.50 1 Packet (15 seed) $3.95


SPRING (May) 2008 – Firecracker Shrub (Jatropha integerrima) (Compacta)-- is an evergreen shrub or small tree with glossy leaves and clusters of star shaped bright scarlet or vermilion flowers. The plant has a rounded or narrow domed form. The flowers are about 1 inch across and borne in multi-flowered terminal clusters almost all year round when growing in full sun to partial shade. Jatropha is a spectacular shrub in bloom, which is most of the year. Use it as an accent or in a mixed shrub border. Jatropha is not salt tolerant, but it is tolerant of poor and dry soils -- it is drought tolerant. Jatropha is tolerant of a wide variety of soils so long as they are well drained. This plant makes a fine container plant on the patio or at pool side which attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Available at Hines, ColorSpot and Greenleaf.

SUMMER, 2008 (July) Pride-Of-Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)

Pride of Barbados is an evergreen shrub or small tree in frost free climates, a deciduous shrub in zone 9 (Rio Grande Valley), a returning perennial in zone 8 (South central Texas-San Antonio), and an annual in North and West Texas. Pride-of-Barbados dies to the ground following frost or freezing temperatures, but in zone 8B (South central Texas) it comes back reliable in middle spring. They have survived temperatures as low as 18 F. The plant is usually 8-12 feet tall, growing that large even after freezing to the ground the previous winter. The leaves are fernlike. Pride-of-Barbados has incredibly showy blossoms of orange and red. The flowers are bowl shaped, 2-3 inches across, with five crinkled, unequal red and orange petals, and ten prominent bright red stamens. It flowers in mid to late summer (depending on size of transplant used) and fall. This plant is very easy to grow in alkaline to acidic, well-drained soils. It is a fast growing plant especially when the temperatures are hot and in full sun to partial shade (It blooms best in full sun.) It is moderately tolerant of salty conditions and is extremely drought tolerant. The striking orange red flowers are an attention grabber! Use Pride-of-Barbados as a specimen or in a mixed shrub border.

Available at ColorSpot, Hines and Greenleaf. For blooms 30-days earlier than Texas' producers, order from Mt. States Nursery in Arizona.

SPRING (April) 2009 – Salvia, ‘Mystic Spires Blue’

Available from most commercial nurseries

SPRING (May) 2009 - Caricature Plant (Graptophyllum pictum 'tricolor' Griff) Family: Acanthaceae

SPRING (May) 2009 – Thryallis (Galphimia glauca)

Grown by Greenleaf and ColorSpot

SPRING (May) 2009 – Periwinkle (Annual Vinca), ‘Cora’ and ‘Nirvana’ series.

Resistant to Phytophthora and deer resistant.

SPRING (February - April), 2010 - Rosa *Grandma's Yellow' (Formerly 'Nacogdoches' )-- Will become the official "Yellow Rose for Texas")

The deep yellow shrub rose named *Grandma*s Yellow* is upright and bushy. Most antique yellow roses have a light yellow-almost pale flower. *Grandma*s Yellow* flower is a deep yellow with 17-25 petals and it repeat blooms from spring until the first hard frost.

Its new leaves have a shade of bronze, then turn dark green. Flowers have a light and spicy fragrance. With a full sun exposure, it reaches 4 feet to 5 feet in height and 3 feet width. It is a repeat bloomer from spring until frost and is quite disease resistant - the best disease resistance of any yellow rose. It is cold hardy (root-hardy) to zone 6.

For Wholesale Rose Growers: Available from ColorSpot and Greenleaf

SPRING (March-May), 2010 - Best-for-Texas and the Southwest U.S. is the vigorous variety *BLUE PRINCESS* and her seedlings which include *Rose Princess* and others.

*Blue Princess* verbena was trialed statewide in 1997 after successful promotions in San Antonio in 1996. It was declared a Texas* SuperStar in SPRING ( Mid - March), 1998, as the twelfth Texas SuperStar. After several years of phenomenal sales, the original selection was lost to virus. Now, after 10 years of seedling selection and partnering with Euro-American Propagators, not only *Blue Princess* is available again in a virus-free, vigorous, heat-and-cold tolerant form but multiple color seedlings of this champion are available as well.

Available mainly from ColorSpot Nurseries

SPRING (February - April), 2010 - *Dakato Gold* (Helenium amarum) from Pan American Seed

Scientific Name: Helenium amarum
Common Name: Helenium
Hardiness Degree: 32*F (0.0*C)
Blooming Season: Late Spring, Summer, Autumn, Late Summer Plant Habit: Mounded
Characteristics: Attract Bees, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Low Maintenance
Water: Light
Fertilize: Every two weeks
Spacing: 24-30" (61-76.2cm)
Height: 12-14" (30.5-35.6cm)
Width: 24-28" (61-71.1cm)
Exposure: Sun
Uses: Border, Cottage Garden, Filler, Garden Bed, Landscape, Mixed Container, Naturalized Area, Small Container General Information: Loaded with golden yellow flowers, incredbly tough, interesting foliage texture Idea & Tips: Grow in full sun for best performance.
Zones 7 - 11 * Sun

This new introduction shows great heat tolerance and has a nice compact, mounding habit, making it perfect for containers or mass plantings in hot dry areas. Multitudes of bright gold flowers contrast nicely with the fine textured foliage.

SUMMER (June) 2010 - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus moscheutos -- 'Flare' Series -*Flare', *Pink Flare' and *Peppermint Flare'

This is the *Flare' selection and superior seedlings of *Flare'.

This showy perennial has large glowing (the name 'Flare' was used by the breeder to closely depict the color of this flower ,i.e., the color of a burning flare), fuchsia flowers. The offspring have the same superior traits as the original but their colors are pink and peppermint (white with red stripes). Their maple-like emerald green foliage is very attractive on compact plants that are practically sterile which encourages continuous bloom. Zones 5-10.

Available mainly from ColorSpot and to a lesser extent from Greenleaf and Mt. States Nursery in Arizona.

Spring, 2010 - February - May-New Variety of Satsuma Mandarin - The fifth statewide promotion of Satsuma Mandarins was in the Spring of 1993. The original promotion was made possible by Joe Bradberry and the Lone Star Growers Nursery in San Antonio which is now ColorSpot. Joe also helped facilitate the importation of several new Satsuma varieties named Miho, Seto and Okitsu. The easiest to propagate has been determined to be Miho which will be named this year*s Texas SuperStar Satsuma. The other varieties as well as one selection named *Mr. Mac* can be found on the market as well.

Available from Greenleaf and Hines.

Spring (March), 2011 -- Angelonia or Summer Snapdragon (Angelonia angustifolia)

Plant Form or Habit: upright
Plant Type: annual
Plant Use: beds & borders container plantings
Propagation: stem cuttings
Light Requirement: high
Flower Color: purple, white, blue, pink
Blooming Period: spring summer fall
Height: 18 - 14"
Width: 12"
Foliage Texture: medium
Heat Tolerance: high
Water Requirements: medium
Additional Comments: See:

Spring (April), 2011 Malvaviscus drummondii 'Pam Puryear' (Pam Puryear Turk's Cap)

Sun to Part Sun Zone: 7b-10 60" tall Origin: USA Hybrid This Greg Grant hybrid between M. drummondii x M. arboreus is a fantastic new color break in one of our favorite mallows. The deciduous clumps emerge and when mature will reach 5' tall x 5' wide. The clumps are adorned with rich, green leaves that serve as a backdrop for the axillary flowers that are produced in abundance from midsummer until frost. The turban-like flowers with their sex organs protruding far outside the petals make a great conversation in the summer garden. The flowers on M. 'Pam Puryear' are a peachy, flesh color instead of the typical bright orange-red.

Available from ColorSpot Nurseries

Spring (May), 2011 - Euphoria *Diamond Frost* and *Silver Fog*

Spring (June), 2011 - Scoparia - Mellon Golly Blue

SUMMER (June), 2012 - Lowery's Legacy Cenizo (Leucophyllum langmaniae - Cimarron Sage)

This selection of Texas sage was collected by Lynn Lowrey, a very special plantsman from east Texas. Lynn picked out this clone for its profuse and frequent flower displays. 'Lynn's Legacy' grows slowly to about 5 feet tall and wide, with a dense, rounded form. Its sage green foliage is a wonderful backdrop for the lavender flowers. Compared to most selections of Texas sage, this clone is not as dependent on changes in relative humidity for flowering. This means that it blooms more often during the course of the summer than other selections. In fact, this clone is sometimes called 'Lynn's Everblooming'. In many ways, 'Lynn's Legacy' is very similar to *Rio Bravo*, but grows more slowly, blooms more frequently, and has lighter green foliage.

Available mainly from ColorSpot and Mt. States Nursery in Arizona

Spring (May), 2012 -- *Bradberry Wine* Crapemyrtle -- Patentable by ColorSpot and/or Greenleaf Nurseries. Available from both.


Texas SuperStar Plant Brochure for 2009 from Texas Department of Agriculture

For further information about procuring brochures, contact Richard De Los Santos at:


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