Denomination: 'Aphrodite'
Botanical Name: Dodecatheon
Applicant/Holder: van den Aardwegh, C.M.
1 Loosterweg 1, 2182 BL
Breeder: C.M. van den Aardwegh, Hillegom, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2002-01-11
Application Number: 02-2957
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-04-24
Certificate Number: 3199
Date rights surrendered: 2017-04-24

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: Dodecatheon meadia

Summary: 'Aphrodite' flowers earlier than the species. 'Aphrodite' has a slightly wider leaf than the species. The leaf margin of 'Aphrodite' is entire while the species has a crenate to dentate margin. 'Aphrodite' has a slightly wider umbel than the species. The corolla lobe of 'Aphrodite' has a stronger reflex to it than the species.


PLANT: vegetatively propagated perennial, narrow and upright growth habit, sparse degree of branching

LEAF: rosette basal arrangement, simple, oblanceolate shape, acute to obtuse apex, cuneate base, entire margin, absent or very sparse pubescence on upper and lower side, absent or very weak glaucosity on upper side, medium to dark green colour of upper side, medium green colour of lower side, no variegation present

PEDUNCLE: medium to dark green, very weak to weak anthocyanin colouration of the peduncle, no glaucosity, absent to very sparse pubescence, medium to large diameter, smooth shaped.
INFLORESCENCE: flowers once early in the season for a short amount of time, umbel type, flowers positioned terminally
FLOWER: erect attitude, small to medium size, primarily a violet (RHS N78D) colour, with secondary white (RHS 155B) with yellow orange (RHS 17B/C) ring at base of corolla lobe, strongly reflexing corolla lobe, dark purple anthers

Origin & Breeding History: 'Aphrodite' was selected in Hillegom, The Netherlands in 1990. It was selected from a seed bed of hybrid Dodecatheon seedlings of unknown parentage. Selection criteria included unique foliage and flower characteristics.

Tests & Trials: Trials were conducted during the spring/summer of 2006 in Oxford Station, Ontario. Trials consisted of 15 plants of each variety individually grown in 15cm pots in a poly house. Plants were spaced 30cm apart. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Aphrodite' with reference variety Dodecatheon meadia

Leaf width (cm)

  'Aphrodite' Dodecatheon meadia
mean 4.89 3.70
std. deviation 0.34 0.90

Umbel width (cm)

  'Aphrodite' Dodecatheon meadia
mean 8.62 7.29
std. deviation 0.53 1.25

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Dodecatheon: 'Aphrodite' (left) with reference variety, the species form of Dodecatheon meadia (right)

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