Fip 165


Denomination: 'Fip 165'
Trade name: Contessa Purple
Botanical Name: Pelargonium peltatum
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Angelika Utecht, Montabaur, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2001-11-26
Application Number: 01-2876
Grant of Rights Date: 2003-09-24
Certificate Number: 1571
Date rights surrendered: 2015-08-21

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Fislulu'

Summary: 'Fip 165' produces fewer branches on the plant than 'Fislulu'. The peduncle is short to medium in 'Fip 165' while it is long in 'Fislulu'. 'Fip 165' has a darker purple red flower colour than 'Fislulu'.


'Fip 165' is an ivy pelargonium variety with a spreading growth habit. The stems are green with medium pubescence. The leaf blade has a open to closed base and entire margins. The margins have weak waviness, and lobing. The leaves are medium green in colour with no variegation and sparse to medium pubescence on the upper side.

'Fip 165' produces many to very many burgundy coloured inflorescences. The peduncle has medium pubescence and no anthocyanin colouration. The flower bud is elliptic in shape and the florets are double. There are many flower petals. The petal margin is entire. The width of the upper petals is medium in size. There is a small white zone at the base of the upper petals. There are very weakly conspicuous striped markings on the upper petals. There are no markings on the lower and inner petals. The middle third of the pedicel is green in colour and has medium to dense pubescence. The sepals have medium pubescence and are green in colour.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Fip 165' originated from a hybridization made in 1993 of a female hybrid parent '1072-1' and a male parent 'Fisam' at Galdar, Gran Canaria, Spain. One seedling was selected from the offspring in 1994. Selection criteria were growth habit and flower colour.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Fip 165' were conducted in a greenhouse during the spring/summer of 2002 in Langley, British Columbia. The trials included fifteen plants per variety. All plants were grown from 6 week old rooted cuttings transplanted into 9 cm pots at 12 weeks using a 60:40 (peat : perlite) media mixture. At 23 weeks, the seedlings were repotted to 18 cm pots. Plants were spaced as needed to ensure uniform growth. Unless indicated otherwise, measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Fip 165' with reference variety 'Fislulu'

Number of branches

  'Fip 165' 'Fislulu'
mean 7 10
std. deviation 0.667 1.71

Petiole length (cm)

  'Fip 165' 'Fislulu'
mean 4.73 5.67
std. deviation 0.748 1.834

Inflorescence diameter (cm)

  'Fip 165' 'Fislulu'
mean 10.33 11.73
std. deviation 0.435 0.598

Peduncle length (cm)

  'Fip 165' 'Fislulu'
mean 13.81 18.17
std. deviation 1.329 1.295

Colour of upper petal (RHS)

  'Fip 165' 'Fislulu'
upper side-margin 59A 61A (darker than)
upper side-middle 187A-B 61A
lower side 61A-187D 61A-B

Colour of lower petal (RHS)

  'Fip 165' 'Fislulu'
upper side-margin 59A 61A (darker than)
upper side-middle 187A-B 61A
lower side 61A-N79C 61B, 61A

Colour of inner petal (RHS)

  'Fip 165' 'Fislulu'
upper side-middle 59A/187B 61A/187D
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