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Denomination: 'Memories'
Botanical Name: Geranium cinereum
Applicant/Holder: Lowe, Carl Marius
Chasty Court, Chasty, Holsworthy
EX22 6NA
United Kingdom
Breeder: Carl Marius Lowe, Devon, 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: 2005-04-26
Application Number: 05-4787
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-12-13
Certificate Number: 3980
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2028-12-13

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Carol'

Summary: The plants of 'Memories' are wider than those of 'Carol'. 'Memories' is red purple with a dark purple base on the upper side of the petals while 'Carol' is violet with a dark purple base. The lower side of the petals of 'Memories' is blue pink while those of 'Carol' are violet.


PLANT: vegetatively propagated, perennial, mounded growth habit
STEM: dark green, medium to dense pubescence

LEAF: rosette arrangement, simple, orbicular, acute apex, cordate and sagittate base, lobed margin, very sparse to sparse pubescence on upper and lower sides, dark green on upper side, no variegation, petiole present

PEDUNCLE: present, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: one flowering period, early flowering, long flowering period, simple, erect attitude
PETALS: touching, few, rounded, retuse apex, very sparse to sparse pubescence on upper side, red purple (RHS N74B) with dark purple at base on upper side, dark violet (RHS N79B) veins on upper side, blue pink (RHS N74C) on lower side

Origin & Breeding History: 'Memories' originated from the open pollination of un-named selections of Geranium cinereum, in 1999. The new variety was discovered and selected from the resultant seedling population at the nursery of Mr. C. Lowe in New Port, United Kingdom, in 2000. 'Memories' was selected based on flower colour.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Memories' were conducted during the summer of 2009, in Oxford Station, Ontario. Ten plants each of the candidate and reference varieties were grown in 15 cm pots spaced 60 cm apart in a polyhouse. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Memories' with reference variety 'Carol'

Plant height (cm)

  'Memories' 'Carol'
mean 36.13 32.50
std. deviation 2.52 3.11

Colour of petals (RHS)

  'Memories' 'Carol'
upper side N74B with dark purple base N78B with dark purple base
lower side N74C N78C

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Geranium: 'Memories' (bottom) with reference variety 'Carol' (top)

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