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Purple Pillow


Denomination: 'Purple Pillow'
Botanical Name: Geranium cinereum
Applicant/Holder: Ravenscroft, John
Bridgemere Nurseries Ltd.
Nr. Nantwich
United Kingdom
Breeder: John Ravenscroft, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2000-08-04
Application Number: 00-2357
Grant of Rights Date: 2006-03-03
Certificate Number: 2399
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2024-03-03

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Splendens' and 'Carol'

Summary: 'Purple Pillow' has a slightly narrower leaf blade than 'Splendens'. The leaves of 'Purple Pillow' are dark greyish green while the leaves of the reference varieties are dark green. The flowers of 'Purple Pillow' are dark violet in colour with strong venation and white colour between the veins and towards the base while 'Splendens' has solid violet flowers and 'Carol' has purple flowers with white colour between the veins and towards the base.


'Purple Pillow' is a vegetatively reproduced, perennial geranium variety. 'Purple Pillow' has a mounded growth habit. The stems are dark green in colour and have medium to dense pubescence.

The simple leaves are arranged in a rosette and are orbicular in shape with an acute shaped apex and cordate to sagittate shaped base. The leaf margin is lobed. The upper and lower side of the leaf blade has medium to dense pubescence. The upper side of the leaf blade is dark grey green in colour and there is no leaf variegation.

'Purple Pillow' flowers early in the season and flowers once for a long period of time. The peduncle has no anthocyanin. The flowers are simple and axillary in position. The flower has an erect attitude. There are five petals which are touching. The petals are rounded in shape with a retuse apex. The petals have no pubescence on the upper side. The flowers are dark violet in colour.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Purple Pillow' originated as a naturally occurring sport in a grouping of Geranium cinereum 'Lawrence Flatman' plants at Bridgemere Nurseries Ltd., Cheshire, United Kingdom. It was discovered in June of 1989.

Tests & Trials: 'Purple Pillow' was tested at Oxford Station, Ontario in the summer/fall of 2004. The trial included 10 plants per variety which were grown in the field. Plants were spaced .35 meters apart. All colour characteristics were determined using the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart (1995 green box edition) and measured characteristics were based on ten measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Purple Pillow' with reference varieties 'Splendens' and 'Carol'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Purple Pillow' 'Splendens' 'Carol'
mean 3.32 4.1 3.9
std. deviation 0.35 0.25 0.23

Main colour of the petal (RHS)

  'Purple Pillow' 'Splendens' 'Carol'
upper side 83A/B 78A 74A/B
lower side 77A 78B 74B
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