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Denomination: 'Sunsarupin'
Trade name: Salvation Pink
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: 06-5206
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-06-08
Certificate Number: 2788
Date rights surrendered: 2008-05-29

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'RFD-S019' (Navajo Pink)

Summary: 'Sunsarupin' differs from 'RFD-S019' mainly in plant height, leaf shape, leaf margin, inflorescence length, anthocyanin colouration of the calyx and flower colour. The plants of 'Sunsarupin' are taller than those of 'RFD-S019'. The leaves of 'Sunsarupin' are ovate whereas they are elliptic in 'RFD-S019'. The leaf margins of 'Sunsarupin' are crenate to serrate whereas they are entire in 'RFD-S019'. The inflorescence of 'Sunsarupin' is longer than that of 'RFD-S019'. The calyx of 'Sunsarupin' has weak anthocyanin colouration whereas it is medium to strong in 'RFD-S019'. The flowers of 'Sunsarupin' are lighter pink than those of 'RFD-S019'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, sparse to medium density
SHOOT: weak anthocyanin colouration however may be medium to strong along margin edge, dense pubescence

LEAF: opposite arrangement, ovate shape, acute apex, cuneate base, crenate-serrate margins, medium green on upper surface, no anthocyanin colouration, sparse density of pubescence on upper and lower surfaces, weak rugosity

FLOWER: raceme inflorescence, opposite arrangement or whorled when there are more than 2 flowers, semi-upright attitude of flowers, bilabiate shaped flowers, reflexing of lower lip absent, weak anthocyanin colouration on calyx which is dark purple in colour

Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunsarupin' 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 and flower colour. Asexual reproduction of the new variety began in September 2000.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'Sunsarupin' 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 'Sunsarupin' with reference variety 'RFD-S019'

Plant height (cm)

  'Sunsarupin' 'RFD-S019'
mean 53.4 42.5
std. deviation 3.34 3.17

Leaf blade: width (cm)

  'Sunsarupin' 'RFD-S019'
mean 2.8 1.7
std. deviation 0.48 0.11

Petiole: length (cm)

  'Sunsarupin' 'RFD-S019'
mean 1.8 1.0
std. deviation 0.30 0.16

Inflorescence: length (cm)

  'Sunsarupin' 'RFD-S019'
mean 23.6 12.3
std. deviation 3.26 1.42

Flower: length (cm)

  'Sunsarupin' 'RFD-S019'
mean 3.2 3.2
std. deviation 0.12 0.08

Main colour of lower lip (RHS)

  'Sunsarupin' 'RFD-S019'
upper surface 55B-C 52A-B
lower surface 55B-C 52B at margin, 48C-D near base

Main colour of upper lip (RHS)

  'Sunsarupin' 'RFD-S019'
outer surface 48B-C 51A

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Salvia: 'Sunsarupin' (left) with reference variety 'RFD-S019' (right)

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Salvia: 'Sunsarupin' (left) with reference variety 'RFD-S019' (right)

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Salvia: 'Sunsarupin' (left) with reference variety 'RFD-S019' (right)

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