The fabled question...where did these hybrids/plants originate...here goes will take a while to get all the data out.I found all of my research papers from way back.After contacting many different people involved with plant introductions on the west coast,heres the SCOOP!Make sure you all take this data down for your breeding records.
DR.SUESS= is a natural hybrid collected in Pasto Columbia at around 10,000ft elevation by Hetty Krauss of Calif.The cultivar was then (mid 70's) called "Hetty Krauss" after the collector.The cultivar does poorly(less flowers) in high heat.Likes cool evenings and warm days for best performance.It was distributed in the late 70's by Steve brigham of Encinitas calif.It was named 'Dr Suess' by a friend of mine from San Diego in the 80's. So "Hetty Krauss" is actually the original name and considered the Legal name.Dale Kolaczkowski..now works at Walter Anderson Nursery in San Diego, decided with a co-worker to name the plant in honor of the real Dr. Suess the writer of childrens books from La Jolla calif.
Steve Brigham and his co-worker Bartley Schwartz decided since Dr. Suess didn't do well in high heat areas, that they would cross it with Insignis "Frosty Pink"( more on the history of FP later on)
Bartley chose a seedling that had more heat tolerance and larger flowers and named it :"Charles Grimaldi" after a deceased friend of his.the former Charles Grimaldi was a talented Landscape designer from the Bay area of Northern calif.
Insignis "Frosty Pink"= is a hybrid cross of Suaveolens white (natural cultivar) by Versicolor pink (natural cultivar) it was named by Steve brigham of Encinitas..but was not his hybrid...he doesn't remember who's it was originally.
Jean Pasko NOTICE THE CORRECT SPELLING with a "K" not a "C"
This plant was collected in the early 80's by a person of the same name in southern Calif.Collected in Columbia...possibly a natural hybrid...was the only plant like it in the area.Tommie Lockwood also noticed and collected many "one of a kind" cultivars in columbia also noted they might be accidental crosses done by insects.
Suaveolens Hybrid "Betty Marshall"= the true origin of this plant will never be known as the woman it was named after died in England some years ago.She was a collector of extremely rare plants at the time she was President of the Southern calif Horticultural society.the plant is no doubt a chance seedling of suaveolens, which is self fertile in the wild state.True suaveolens from the wild can produce seeds if self pollinated and come true to form from seed as Arborea does.The plant was given to Betty as a gift from an unknown collector.It is an improved suaveolens clone.More flowers and better seed setting abilities.
other questions can be emailed to me if you have them concerning these plants.
I had almost forgotten all the data I collected in my pursuit of accurate records of these plants.
WHEW!!!!!long post... :-)