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Pink Dawn


Denomination: 'Pink Dawn'
Botanical Name: Salvia
Applicant/Holder: Walters Gardens, Inc.
1992 96th Avenue
P.O. Box 137
Zeeland, Michigan
United States of America
Breeder: Hans A. Hansen, Zeeland, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2014-01-22
Application Number: 14-8182
Grant of Rights Date: 2017-11-03
Certificate Number: 5569
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2037-11-03

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sweet 16'

Summary: The plants of 'Pink Dawn' are taller than those of 'Sweet 16'. The peduncle of 'Pink Dawn' has a medium intensity of anthocyanin colouration while that of 'Sweet 16' has a weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration. The inflorescence of 'Pink Dawn' is shorter than that of 'Sweet 16'. The calyx of 'Pink Dawn' is brown purple while that of 'Sweet 16' is green. The corolla of 'Pink Dawn' is lighter violet than that of 'Sweet 16'.


PLANT: vegetatively propagated, perennial, upright-bushy growth habit, medium degree of branching
STEM: medium green, absent or very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration, absent or very weak glaucosity, sparse pubescence, medium thickness, squarely edged

PETIOLE: present
LEAF: opposite arrangement along stem, simple type
LEAF BLADE: lanceolate, acute apex, auriculate base, crenate margin, sparse pubescence on upper and lower sides, absent or very weak glaucosity on upper side, dark green on upper side, medium green on lower side, no variegation

FLOWERING: begins mid-season, medium length of time, almost continuous
PEDUNCLE: medium intensity of anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence
INFLORESCENCE: spike type, positioned at terminal and axillary locations, erect attitude
CALYX: brown purple (RHS 186B)
COROLLA: lobes partially fused, short, small, bilabiate form, absent or very weak undulation of margin, pink colour group, absent or very sparse pubescence on inner and outer sides
UPPER LIP OF COROLLA: violet (RHS 75B) on inner and outer sides
LOWER LIP OF COROLLA: violet (RHS 75B) to violet (RHS NN78C) at throat on inner side, violet (RHS 75B) on outer side
COROLLA TUBE: violet (RHS 75B) with white (RHS N155D) at base

Origin & Breeding History: 'Pink Dawn' originated as a chance seedling found in the summer of 2012 in Zeeland, Michigan, USA in a garden near a planting of Salvia variety 'May Night'. The plant appeared to have some Salvia pretense in its parentage but exact parents are unkown. 'Pink Dawn' was selected in the fall of 2012 for its intense pink floral display on compact plants.

Tests & Trials: The comparative trial for 'Pink Dawn' was conducted during the summer of 2016 at Variety Rights Management in Oxford Station, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants of the candidate variety and 12 plants of the reference variety. All plants were grown in 16 cm pots spaced 45 cm apart. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants, or parts of plants, of each variety on June 4, 2016. All colour determinations were made using the 2015 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Pink Dawn' with reference variety 'Sweet 16'

Plant height (cm)

  'Pink Dawn' 'Sweet 16'
mean 37.6 31.2
std. deviation 4.15 3.06

Inflorescence length (cm)

  'Pink Dawn' 'Sweet 16'
mean 19.2 22.3
std. deviation 1.99 2.56

Colour of upper lip of corolla (RHS)

  'Pink Dawn' 'Sweet 16'
inner side 75B 75A
outer side 75B 75A

Colour of lower lip of corolla (RHS)

  'Pink Dawn' 'Sweet 16'
inner side 75B to NN78C at throat 75A to NN78C at throat
outer side 75B 75A

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Pink Dawn
Salvia: 'Pink Dawn' (left) with reference variety 'Sweet 16' (right)

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