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Denomination: 'Sunsarusamo'
Trade name: Salvation Salmon 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: 06-5207
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-06-08
Certificate Number: 2789
Date rights surrendered: 2008-05-29

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'RFD-S016' (Navajo Salmon Red)

Summary: 'Sunsarusamo' differs from 'RFD-S016' mainly in plant height, foliage colour, leaf margin, inflorescence length, flower length, flower colour and amount and intensity of anthocyanin colouration of the calyx. The plants of 'Sunsarusamo' are taller than those of 'RFD-S016'. The foliage of 'Sunsarusamo' is medium green whereas it is dark green in 'RFD-S016'. The leaf margins of 'Sunsarusamo' are crenate-serrate whereas they are entire in 'RFD-S016'. The inflorescence of 'Sunsarusamo' is longer than it is in 'RFD-S016'. The main colour of the flower of 'Sunsarusamo' is a lighter orange red than it is on 'RFD-S016'. There is a small amount of anthocyanin colouration, making it dark green, on the calyx of 'Sunsarusamo' whereas the calyx of 'RFD-S016' has a large amount of anthocyanin colouration making it deep purple-brown.


PLANT: upright growth habit, sparse density
SHOOT: weak to medium anthocyanin colouration, dense pubescence

LEAF: opposite arrangement, ovate shape, obtuse apex with a very small cupsidate tip, cuneate base, crenate-serrate margins, medium green on upper surface, medium anthocyanin colouration on petiole, strong density of pubescence on upper surface, medium density of pubescence on lower surface on the veins, medium rugosity

FLOWER: raceme inflorescence, opposite arrangement or whorled when there are more than 2 flowers, upright attitude, bilabiate shaped flowers, weak reflexing of the lower lip, weak anthocyanin colouration on calyx making it dark green.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunsarusamo' originated from the self-pollination of the proprietary selection, '97S34-2', made in April 1998, in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan. 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 'Sunsarusamo' 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 'Sunsarusamo' with reference variety 'RFD-S016'

Plant height (cm)

  'Sunsarusamo' 'RFD-S016'
mean 79.5 54.7
std. deviation 7.71 3.37

Inflorescence: length (cm)

  'Sunsarusamo' 'RFD-S016'
mean 23.8 10.8
std. deviation 4.67 1.57

Flower: length (cm)

  'Sunsarusamo' 'RFD-S016'
mean 3.3 2.8
std. deviation 0.13 0.08

Main colour lip (RHS)

  'Sunsarusamo' 'RFD-S016'
upper lip 41B-D 43C
lower lip - upper surface 43C with 41D at base brighter than 43A-B
lower lip - lower surface 38D brighter than 43C

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Salvia: 'Sunsarusamo' (left) with reference variety 'RFD-S016' (right)

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Salvia: 'Sunsarusamo' (left) with reference variety 'RFD-S016' (right)

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Salvia: 'Sunsarusamo' (left) with reference variety 'RFD-S016' (right)

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