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Denomination: 'Sunsaruki'
Trade name: Salvation Primrose
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: 06-5205
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-06-08
Certificate Number: 2787
Date rights surrendered: 2008-05-29

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Navajo White'

Summary: 'Sunsaruki' differs from 'Navajo White' mainly in plant height, leaf shape, inflorescence length, flower length and colour. The plants of 'Sunsaruki' are taller than those of 'Navajo White'. The leaves of 'Sunsaruki' are ovate whereas they are lanceolate to elliptic in 'Navajo White'. The inflorescence of 'Sunsaruki' is longer than that of 'Navajo White'. The flowers of 'Sunsaruki' are smaller than those of ' Navajo White'. The flowers of 'Sunsaruki' are pale yellow whereas they are white in 'Navajo White'.


PLANT: upright to semi-upright growth habit, medium density
SHOOT: no anthocyanin colouration however may be strong along stem edges, very short dense pubescence

LEAF: opposite arrangement, ovate shape, acute apex, obtuse base, crenate-serrate margins, medium to dark green on upper surface, no anthocyanin colouration, very short pubescence of medium density on upper surface, very short pubescence of weak to medium density on lower surface, medium rugosity

FLOWER: raceme inflorescence, opposite arrangement or whorled when there are more than 2 flowers, upright flower attitude, bilabiate shape, very weak reflexing of lower lip, weak anthocyanin colouration on calyx which is brown-black in colour

Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunsaruki' originated from a cross made in April 1998, in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan, between the female parent, '97S34-2' and the male parent, 'La Luna'. 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, flower colour and tolerance to high and low temperatures. Asexual reproduction of the new variety began in September 2000.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'Sunsaruki' 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 'Sunsaruki' with reference variety 'Navajo White'

Plant height (cm)

  'Sunsaruki' 'Navajo White'
mean 54.9 40.4
std. deviation 3.81 3.28

Leaf blade: width (cm)

  'Sunsaruki' 'Navajo White'
mean 1.7 1.3
std. deviation 0.23 0.22

Petiole: length (cm)

  'Sunsaruki' 'Navajo White'
mean 1.7 0.8
std. deviation 0.32 0.23

Inflorescence: length (cm)

  'Sunsaruki' 'Navajo White'
mean 25.9 9.5
std. deviation 4.57 1.48

Flower: length (cm)

  'Sunsaruki' 'Navajo White'
mean 2.9 3.4
std. deviation 0.25 0.14

Colour of lower lip (RHS)

  'Sunsaruki' 'Navajo White'
main - upper surface 1D 155C

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Salvia: 'Sunsaruki' (left) with reference variety 'Navajo White' (right)

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Salvia: 'Sunsaruki' (left) with reference variety 'Navajo White' (right)

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