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Denomination: 'Calista'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'KJ20020534'
Botanical Name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
Applicant/Holder: Knud Jepsen A/S
Damsbrovej 53
Breeder: Knud Jepsen, Knud Jepsen A/S, Hinnerup, Denmark
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2004-06-29
Application Number: 04-4282
Date Withdrawn: 2007-02-01

Variety Description


PLANT: tall to very tall, medium to broad width, medium number of flowering shoots of first order

LEAF: long, medium width, ovate, dark green on upper side, light to medium green on lower side, absent to very weak anthocyanin, medium to thick thickness, bicrenate margins with shallow to medium incisions, acute apex with straight attitude, flat in cross section, no twisting of longitudinal axis

FLOWERING SHOOT: few to medium number of lateral shoots of first order, highest pleiochasium is medium to broad with many flowers
FLOWER: double, large diameter
COROLLA LOBES: medium length, medium to broad width, light blue pink (RHS 56C) on upper side, light blue pink (RHS 56D) on lower side
ANTHERS: not prominent

FLOWERING TIME: late in season, eleven week response group

Origin & Breeding History: 'Calista' (breeders reference KJ20020534) was developed by the breeder, Knud Jepsen in Hinnerup, Denmark as part of a planned breeding program with the objective to create new freely-flowering Kalanchoe varieties with large flowers and numerous petals per flower. It originated from a cross between the female parent 'Celine' and the male parent '2001-1856', made in October 2002. The new kalanchoe variety was selected in October 2003 based on flower colour numerous petals per flower and excellent post production longevity.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, CPVO reference number 2004/0212, application number KAL 694, grant number 16099, purchased from the CPVO, Angers, France. The trials were conducted by the Bundessortenamt in Hannover, Germany, in 2004. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart.

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Kalanchoë: 'Calista'

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