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Denomination: 'Springtime'
Botanical Name: Geranium phaeum
Applicant/Holder: Oudolf, Petrus Hendricus
Broekstraat 17, 6999 De
Breeder: Petrus Hendricus Oudolf, Hummelo, 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: 02-2963
Grant of Rights Date: 2004-05-26
Certificate Number: 1812
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2022-05-26

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Samobar'

Summary: 'Springtime' produces a smaller plant than 'Samobar'. The leaves of 'Springtime' are lighter green in colour and smaller than those of 'Samobar'. 'Springtime' has a light yellow green zone at the base of the leaf blade while 'Samobar' does not. 'Springtime' has a shorter petiole than 'Samobar'. The floret diameter of 'Springtime' is slightly larger than 'Samobar'.


'Springtime' is a vegetatively propagated perennial geranium variety with a mounded growth habit. The stem is a dark green colour with absent to very sparse pubescence. The simple type leaves are orbicular in shape and are arranged in a rosette fashion. The lobed leaf blade is light green in colour with an acute shaped apex and a cordate shaped base. The petiole is present. The upper side of the leaf blade is variegated with dark violet splotching along the veins and a light yellow-green zone at the base.

'Springtime' flowers once, early in the season for a short period of time. The inflorescence type is a panicle or cyme that bears florets in a terminal erect position. There is a peduncle present that has no anthocyanin. The petals of the floret are touching, few in number and rounded in shape with a retuse shaped apex. There is no pubescence on the upper side of the petals of the floret.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Springtime' was developed from a chance seedling. The parents are unknown. It was selected based on its improved floral and foliage characteristics by P. H. Oudolf, at De Hummelo, the Netherlands in 1999.

Tests & Trials: The trials were conducted in the summer of 2003 at Oxford Station, Ontario. There were ten plants of each grown in a field with plants spaced 0.4 metres apart within the row, and 1 metre between rows.

Comparison tables for 'Springtime' with reference variety 'Samobar'

Plant height (cm)

  'Springtime' 'Samobar'
mean 65.4 74.8
std. deviation 4.53 3.39

Plant width (cm)

  'Springtime' 'Samobar'
mean 68.3 72.4
std. deviation 7.13 12.39

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Springtime' 'Samobar'
mean 9.15 9.71
std. deviation 1.26 1.02

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Springtime' 'Samobar'
mean 11.15 11.46
std. deviation 1.30 1.10

Colour of leaf blade variegation (RHS)

  'Springtime' 'Samobar'
primary 79A 79A
secondary 150D/149D N/A

Petiole length (mm)

  'Springtime' 'Samobar'
mean 29.8 41.0
std. deviation 8.44 21.64

Floret diameter (mm)

  'Springtime' 'Samobar'
mean 19.0 15.3
std. deviation 1.41 1.15
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