Sun Garden Plant List

Sherman Gardens showcases plants from around the world. Blooms can come in all shapes, sizes and colors. So while you may be dazzled by the display beds there are many unique plants to explore in every corner of the Garden. Here are some of the highlights to look for in the Sun Garden.

Acanthus Mollis 'Whitewater'

Family Name: Acanthaceae
Common Name: Variegated Bear’s Breeches
Provenance: Mediterranean region
Conservation Concern:
Acanthus mollis can be invasive in areas with mild winter in US Zone 9, in California, Oregon, and New Zealand

Achillea millefolium ‘Rainbow Ending Blue’

Family Name: Asteraceae
Common Name: Yarrow
Provenance: Temperate Regions of Eurasia

Alstroemeria spp.

Family Name: Alstroemeriaceae
Common Name: Peruvian Lily
Provenance: Andes in Chile, Brazil, Peru

Alstroemeria spp.

Family Name: Alstroemeriaceae
Common Name: Peruvian Lily
Provenance: Andes in Chile, Brazil, Peru

Anisodontea hybrid ‘Elegant Lady’

Family Name: Malvaceae
Common Name: Cape Mallow
Provenance: South Africa

Callistemon viminalis (some state Melaleuca viminalis)

Family Name: Myrtaceae
Common Name: Weeping Bottlebrush
Provenance: East Coast of Australia

Cerinthe major v. ‘Purpurascens’

Family Name: Boraginaceae
Common Name: Blue Honeywort
Provenance: Mediterranean Basin

Chondropetalum tectorum ‘El Campo’

Family Name: Restionaceae
Common Name: Cape Rush
Provenance: South Africa

Chrysocephalum apiculatum ‘Flambe Yellow’

Family Name: Asteraceae
Common Name: Common Everlasting or Yellow Buttons
Provenance: Southern Australia

Clematis hybrid ‘Huldine’

Family Name: Ranunculaceae
Common Name: Clematis
Provenance: Clematis species found in temperate areas of Northern Hemisphere

Clytostoma callistegioides or Bignonia callistegioides

Family Name: Bignoniaceae
Common Name: Lavender Trumpet Vine
Provenance: Argentina and Southern Brazil

Corydalis flexuosa ‘Porcelain Blue’

Family Name: Papaveraceae
Common Name: Fumewort or Blue Corydalis
Provenance: China

Diplacus grandiflorus ‘Esselen’

Family Name: Phrymaceae
Common Name: Santa Lucia Monkey Flower
Provenance: Big Sur area in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range

Erigeron karvinskianus ‘Spindrift’

Family Name: Asteraceae
Common Name: Santa Barbara Daisy; Mexican Fleabane; Mexican Daisy
Provenance: Mexico, Central America, northern South America
Conservation Concern: Erigeron karvinskianus is very vigorous and can be spread by rhizomes and become invasive. It is one of the major invasive plants in Hawaii and La Réunion, where it can become dominant or co-dominant in natural or semi-natural environments and compete with native species.

Felicia amelloides ‘Blue Maguerite’

Family Name: Asteraceae
Common Name: Blue Marguerite or Blue Daisy
Provenance: South Africa

Helianthemum nummularium ‘Ben Hope’

Family Name: Cistaceae
Common Name: Sunrose, Rockrose
Provenance: Europe, Asia Minor

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Mophead Blue’

Family Name: Hydrangeaceae
Common Name: Mophead Hydrangea, Bigleaf Hydrangea
Provenance: China, Japan, Central and South America, Mexico

Leonotis menthifolia ‘Savannah Sunset’

Family Name: Lamiaceae
Common Name: Lion’s Ear or Lion’s Tail
Provenance: South Africa

Libertia peregrinans

Family Name: Iridaceae
Common Name: Orange Libertia or New Zealand Iris
Provenance: New Zealand

Lotus maculatus ‘Amazon Sunset’

Family Name: Fabaceae
Common Name: Parrot’s Beak
Provenance: Canary Islands
Conservation Concern: Lotus maculatus is endemic t the Canary Islands and is listed as “critically endangered” on the IUCN Red List pf Threatened Species

Lupinus spp.

Family Name: Fabaceae
Common Name: Dwarf Lupine
Provenance: North and South America

Lupinus spp.

Family Name: Fabaceae
Common Name: Dwarf Lupine
Provenance: North and South America

Nymphaea ‘Chromatella’

Family Name: Nymphaeaceae
Common Name: Water Lilies
Provenance: Tropical South America
Conservation Concern: Selective species of Nymphaea have escaped cultivation and become naturalized and invasive in wetlands outside of its native range and also in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Osteospermum hybrid ‘4D Berry White’

Family Name: Asteraceae
Common Name: African Daisy
Provenance: Southern Africa and Arabian Peninsula

Psoralea pinnata

Family Name: Fabaceae
Common Name: Kool-aid Bush
Provenance: Southern Australia and New Zealand
Conservation Concern: Global Invasive Species Database: “Psoralea pinnata is a slender, medium-sized shrub that occurs in riparian habitats along creeks and rivers, in waste land and disturbed natural vegetation. Any disturbance for e.g. a fire incident can trigger a mass germination of soil stored seed. It is fast growing and forms dense thickets that could shade out and impede the growth of lower stratal species; it is a nitrogen fixer and can alter soil nutrient status.”

Rhododendron ‘Nuccio’s Wicked Witch’

Family Name: Ericaceae
Common Name: Azalea ‘Nuccio’s Wicked Witch’
Provenance: Eastern Europe and Asia

Salvia hybrid ‘Amistad’

Family Name: Lamiaceae
Common Name: Friendship Sage
Provenance: Argentina

Salvia dorisiana

Family Name: Lamiaceae
Common Name: Fruit-Scented Sage
Provenance: Honduras

Salvia mellisodora

Family Name: Lamiaceae
Common Name: Grape-Scented Sage
Provenance: Sierra Madre Occidental region of Mexico

Tulbaghia violacea ‘Cosmic’

Family Name: Amaryllidaceae
Common Name: Cosmic Society Garlic
Provenance: Southern Africa, Tanzania, and Mexico

Verbascum hybrid ‘Southern Charm’

Family Name: Scrophulariaceae
Common Name: Mullein
Provenance: Europe to North Africa to Western and Central Asia