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Pink Delight


Denomination: 'Pink Delight'
Botanical Name: Salvia
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: 2002-08-29
Application Number: 02-3228
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-01-24
Certificate Number: 2675
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2025-01-24

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Rosenwein' and 'Eveline'

Summary: 'Pink Delight' has a taller wider plant habit than 'Rosenwein'. The leaf of 'Pink Delight' is larger than in 'Rosenwein'. 'Pink Delight' has a longer petiole than in 'Rosenwein'. The inflorescence of 'Pink Delight' is longer than in 'Rosenwein' but shorter than in 'Eveline'. 'Pink Delight' has a violet flower colour while the flower colour is purple in 'Rosenwein' and blue-pink in 'Eveline'. 'Pink Delight' has a larger floret than 'Rosenwein'.


'Pink Delight' is a vegetatively propagated perennial hybrid salvia variety which has an upright bushy to bushy rounded growth habit with strong degree of branching. The moderately thick edged stem is medium green in colour with no anthocyanin or glaucosity but medium to dense pubescence. The simple type leaves are arranged in an opposite fashion along the stem. The leaf is lanceolate in shape with an acute apex and cordate to truncate shaped base. The leaf has a crenate margin, medium pubescence on the upper and lower sides and no glaucosity on the upper side. The leaf is dark green in colour with no variegation. There is a petiole with no anthocyanin colouration.

'Pink Delight' flowers almost continously during the middle of the season for a moderate amount of time. The medium sized erect florets are borne both terminally and axillary in a whorled like fashion on the spike type inflorescence. The colour of the upper and lower lip of the floret is violet.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Pink Delight' was discovered in Hummelo, The Netherlands in 2000 from seedlings produced by a cross between the female parent Salvia 'Amethyst' and the male parent Salvia 'Tanzerin' which occurred in 1999. The objectives of the breeding program was to create new hybrid Salvia cultivars with improved form/habit and floral traits. 'Pink Delight' was selected based on flower colour and compact plant form.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials were conducted in a polyhouse at Oxford Station, Ontario during the summer/fall 2005. 15 plants of each variety were individually grown in 15cm plastic pots with a pot spacing of 30cm.

Comparison tables for 'Pink Delight' with reference varieties 'Rosenwein' and 'Eveline'

Plant height (cm)

  'Pink Delight' 'Rosenwein' 'Eveline'
mean 50.20 32.00 53.70
std. deviation 3.39 7.05 8.71

Plant width (cm)

  'Pink Delight' 'Rosenwein' 'Eveline'
mean 39.00 31.78 n/a
std. deviation 4.90 6.34 n/a

Leaf length (cm)

  'Pink Delight' 'Rosenwein' 'Eveline'
mean 10.26 5.95 9.45
std. deviation 1.37 1.54 1.38

Leaf width (cm)

  'Pink Delight' 'Rosenwein' 'Eveline'
mean 4.91 2.12 4.86
std. deviation 0.81 0.49 1.27

Petiole length (cm)

  'Pink Delight' 'Rosenwein' 'Eveline'
mean 3.17 1.47 3.73
std. deviation 1.26 0.45 1.78

Inflorescence length (cm)

  'Pink Delight' 'Rosenwein' 'Eveline'
mean 24.02 12.70 35.60
std. deviation 3.40 3.45 7.47

Floret colour (RHS)

  'Pink Delight' 'Rosenwein' 'Eveline'
upper lip 75C/D N74B/C 73B
lower lip 75C/D N74B/C 73A/B

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Pink Delight
Salvia: 'Pink Delight' (top right) and 'Eveline' (top left) with reference variety 'Rosenwein' (bottom)

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