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Denomination: 'Sunsarurein'
Trade name: Salvation Magenta
Botanical Name: Salvia ×jamensis
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Seeds B.V.
P.O. Box 2
1600 AA
Breeder: Yasunori Yomo, Suntory Flowers Limited, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Takuro Ishihara, Suntory Flowers Limited, Tokyo, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2006-01-03
Application Number: 06-5204
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-06-08
Certificate Number: 2786
Date rights surrendered: 2008-05-29

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Navajo Bright Red'

Summary: 'Sunsarurein' differs from 'Navajo Bright Red' mainly in foliage colour, leaf width, reflexing of the lower lip of the flower and the main colour of the upper lip. The foliage of 'Sunsarurein' is light to medium green whereas it is medium to dark green in 'Navajo Bright Red'. The leaves of 'Sunsarurein' are narrower than those of 'Navajo Bright Red'. The reflexing of the lower lip of the flower of 'Sunsarurein' is medium to strong whereas it is absent in 'Navajo Bright Red'. The main colour of the upper lip of 'Sunsarurein' is a deeper red purple than it is on 'Navajo Bright Red'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, sparse density
SHOOT: strong to very strong anthocyanin colouration, dense very short pubescence

LEAF: opposite arrangement, ovate-elliptic shape, obtuse apex with a very small cupsidate tip, cuneate base, entire and shallow crenate margins, light to medium green on upper surface, no anthocyanin colouration, very sparse density of pubescence on upper surface, medium density of pubescence on lower surface along the midrib only, weak to medium rugosity

FLOWER: raceme inflorescence, opposite arrangement or whorled when there are more than 2 flowers, upright flower attitude, bilabiate shaped flowers, medium to strong reflexing of the lower lip, strong anthocyanin colouration on calyx which is purple to deep purple brown in colour

Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunsarurein' originated from a cross made in April 1998, in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan, between the female parent, '97S34-2' and the male parent, 'Cherry Sage'. In September 1999, one plant was selected from the resultant progeny for upright, compact growth habit, basal branching, density and bushy plant form, free flowering habit and flower colour. Asexual reproduction of the new variety began in September 2000.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'Sunsarurein' were conducted in a polyhouse at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario during the spring of 2006. The trials included 15 plants of each variety. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 15 cm pots on March 21, 2006. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour measurements were made using the RHS colour chart 2001.

Comparison tables for 'Sunsarurein' with reference variety 'Navajo Bright Red'

Plant height (cm)

  'Sunsarurein' 'Navajo Bright Red'
mean 61.8 62.9
std. deviation 7.32 6.28

Leaf blade: width (cm)

  'Sunsarurein' 'Navajo Bright Red'
mean 1.5 2.1
std. deviation 0.18 0.29

Petiole: length (cm)

  'Sunsarurein' 'Navajo Bright Red'
mean 0.9 1.2
std. deviation 0.14 0.22

Inflorescence: length (cm)

  'Sunsarurein' 'Navajo Bright Red'
mean 15.5 15.8
std. deviation 3.38 2.65

Flower: length (cm)

  'Sunsarurein' 'Navajo Bright Red'
mean 2.8 2.8
std. deviation 0.15 0.07

Main colour of lower lip (RHS)

  'Sunsarurein' 'Navajo Bright Red'
upper surface newly opened close to 46C, fully opened 53C brighter than 53C
lower surface 53D 53C

Main colour of upper lip (RHS)

  'Sunsarurein' 'Navajo Bright Red'
outer surface 71B-C 61C

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Salvia: 'Sunsarurein' (left) with reference variety 'Navajo Bright Red' (right)

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Salvia: 'Sunsarurein' (left) with reference variety 'Navajo Bright Red' (right)

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Salvia: 'Sunsarurein' (left) with reference variety 'Navajo Bright Red' (right)

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