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Star Pink


Denomination: 'Star Pink'
Trade name: Karalee Petite Pink Imp.
Botanical Name: Gaura lindheimeri x G. coccinea
Applicant/Holder: Bunker, Edward
191 Gordon Road
Redland Bay
Queensland, Queensland
Breeder: Edward Bunker, Queensland, Australia
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2006-05-10
Application Number: 06-5476
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-12-01
Certificate Number: 3424
Date rights surrendered: 2017-12-01

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Perky Pink'

Summary: 'Star Pink' has a more compact growth habit than 'Perky Pink'. 'Star Pink' has a shorter and narrower plant than 'Perky Pink'. 'Star Pink' has a narrower leaf width than 'Perky Pink'. 'Star Pink' has a darker blue pink flower colour than 'Perky Pink'.


PLANT: compact-bushy, medium to dense branching

STEM: thin, light green, medium anthocyanin colouration, moderately dense pubescence

LEAVES: alternate arrangement, narrow elliptic to oblanceolate, acute apex with mucronate tip, attenuate base, entire to weakly spinose margin, weak undulation of margin, sparse pubescence on upper and lower side, medium green, no variegation

SEPAL: lanceolate, no pubescence on upper side, medium pubescence on lower side, dark pink anthocyanin colouration

INFLORESCENCE: almost continuous flowering, raceme
BUD: strong to very strong anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA TUBE: very strong anthocyanin colouration
PETAL: elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, entire margin, purple red to blue pink on upper side.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Star Pink' originated from a controlled cross conducted in December 2002, at Redland Bay, Australia. The female parent was a proprietary seedling designated as 99-003 and the male parent was a proprietary seedling designated as 99-017. The new variety was selected from the resultant progeny in November 2003, based on flower colour, continuous flowering and compact growth habit. 'Star Pink' was first propagated by vegetative stem cuttings in November 2003, at Redland Bay, Australia.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials were conducted in a polyhouse in St. Thomas, Ontario in the summer of 2007. The trials included 15 plants of each variety. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 15 cm pots on May 10, 2007. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on August 27, 2007. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Star Pink' with reference variety 'Perky Pink'

Plant height (cm)

  'Star Pink' 'Perky Pink'
mean 26.2 41.0
std. deviation 4.05 5.77

Plant width (cm)

  'Star Pink' 'Perky Pink'
mean 35.2 56.3
std. deviation 3.71 7.16

Leaf width (cm)

  'Star Pink' 'Perky Pink'
mean 1.1 1.6
std. deviation 0.14 0.19

Colour of upper side of petal (RHS)

  'Star Pink' 'Perky Pink'
newly opened 63A-B 63B
fully opened veins 64C, paler towards margin veins N66C, 62D background

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Gaura: 'Star Pink' (left) with reference variety 'Perky Pink' (right)

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Gaura: 'Star Pink' (left) with reference variety 'Perky Pink' (right)

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