Sego Supreme™ Plant Introduction Program
Sego Supreme™ Plant Introductions:
Sol Dancer™ Daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis var. arizonica ‘Sol Dancer’™), is a hardy, tufted perennial developed by the Utah State University
Botanical Center for landscapes across the Intermountain West. It performs superbly
as a low accent in both formal and naturalized plantings. It blooms regularly from
spring through fall. In fact, when frosts have been delayed, its blooms have remained
late into November. It generally will not get larger than 15” tall or wide, and its
yellow, coin-shaped flowers combine nicely with other water-wise plants, especially
Wasatch Fire™ firechalice, another Sego Supreme™ selection, for an amazing fall display.
It is recommended for dry, sunny areas of the garden. Regular deadheading, although
not necessary, will extend the bloom during the growing season and help maintain a
The name Sol Dancer™ was inspired by the way the flowers move on a sunny, windy day. The intent of this release is to make available selected plant material of Tetraneuris acaulis var. arizonica from a known provenance and having predictable performance traits for the nursery and landscape trade and water-wise home landscapes.
Plants of the intermontane plateaus have evolved to take advantage of the natural timing of water availability, which comes mostly in the form of winter snow and early spring and fall rains. Remaining comparatively sedate throughout the months of spring and summer, Wasatch Fire™ Firechalice (Epilobium canum subsp.garrettii 'Wasatch Fire') leaps into color as summer heat gives way to shorter days and cooler nights. A once-over spring pruning reveals foliage tinged with red along the stems and underneath the leaves. As the days warm, the foliage transitions into a luxurious green mound some 18 inches tall and wide. Deep, red flowers, held close to the foliage, bring loads of fall attention to the garden only to quickly become a favorite feeding station for hummingbirds.
The species naturally inhabits rock crevices and cliffs and its ability to spread is contained in such substrates; however, in the garden Wasatch Fire™ can expand up to 2.5 ft. It is tolerant of poor soils, demands lots of sun, and needs approximately an inch of water every two weeks to remain looking vibrant, often remaining blooming even after a few fall frosts.
Uvatüng™ beardtongue (Penstemon platyphyllus ‘Uvatüng’™) is endemic to areas confined strictly to northern Utah.This narrow endemic is unique because it offers a pleasing fragrance in comparison to other beardtongues. Uvatüng™ is shrubby at the base, with numerous, erect stems 18 to 24 in. long emerging from a woody crown. The flowers are lavender to pale violet and often held in clusters. The flowers are pleasantly fragrant, comparatively more so than all other beardtongues. Uvatüng™ was selected for its larger flowers and improved fragrance. It is common to rocky slopes and cliffs, and for this reason it is perfectly suited for rock and xeric gardens throughout areas of the Mountain West, in valleys, foothills, and higher elevations.
Purple Chip™ salvia (Salvia dorrii var. clokeyi ‘Purple Chip’™) offers a small 6 -12 inches tall and 2-3 feet wide, mat-forming, drought tolerant shrub. Each plant seasonally produces 4-6 inches of new growth along with a profusion of flowering branches each spring. Depending on variable climatic conditions, over-all bloom time can prolong for as much as 3 weeks. Additional garden interest includes attractive rough and peeling bark on mature, woody branches, and grayish-blue spoon-shaped leaves. It will adapt well to landscape sites in full sun, where garden soils are naturally shallow, rocky, or gravelly.
Established plants needed no more than 2 inches of monthly precipitation to remain vibrant in the landscape. The Purple Chip™ selection offers blooms larger than the type, var. dorrii, and a prostrate habit. Until now, this has not been available in the industry. Its name was inspired by the proximity of the collection site to Las Vegas and because the flower color and prostrate habit is similar to that of a $500 poker chip. The intent of this release is to make selected plant material for the nursery and landscape trade available for the first time.