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Denomination: 'Wynena'
Trade name: Babylon Purple
Botanical Name: Glandularia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Jolanda Dekker, Syngenta Seeds B.V., Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2001-09-14
Application Number: 01-2821
Grant of Rights Date: 2004-06-16
Certificate Number: 1848
Date rights surrendered: 2014-06-16

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Lobena' (Babylon Blue) and 'Sunmaref TP-V' (Tapien Blue Violet)

Summary: 'Wynena' differs from the reference varieties in flower colour, leaf length, foliage division, floret diameter and corolla eye colour. 'Wynena' is more red purple than both reference varieties. The leaves of 'Wynena' are medium-long whereas they are medium in length in both reference varieties. The foliage of 'Wynena' is dissected whereas it is lobed in 'Lobena'. The florets of 'Wynena' are large whereas they are medium-large in 'Lobena' and small in 'Sunmaref TP-V'. The corolla eye of 'Wynena' is very small, if present whereas it is white in 'Lobena' and light purple in 'Sunmaref TP-V'.


'Wynena' is an annual verbena with a semi-creeping growth habit. The medium green stems have very sparse pubescence with strong anthocyanin colouration along the edges. The dark green leaves are ovate with a cuneate-shaped base. The leaf blades are dissected with an acute apex. Anthocyanin colouration is absent. Pubescence is sparse and very sparse on the upper and lower leaf surfaces respectively.

The inflorescence is a columniform corymb which is both axillary and terminal in location. The bracts of the single florets are smaller in size than the calyx. The calyx has anthocyanin colouration on the teeth only. The single florets are large with free lobes and a curvature in longitudinal axis both incurved and recurved. The undulation of the corolla lobes is weak to medium. There are two even shaded colours on the upper side of the corolla with a very small eye, if present at all. The corolla colour of 'Wynena' does not change with age. The corolla throat hairs are white with a patch of blue.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Wynena' was developed at Syngenta Seeds B.V. in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. It resulted from a cross between 'U 1023' and U 1021' which took place in 1995. 'Wynena' was selected in 1996 based on flower colour and growth habit. It was developed by clonal selection and propagated vegetatively by cuttings.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Wynena' were conducted in a double poly greenhouse at BioFlora Inc., St. Thomas, Ontario during the summer of 2003. Trials consisted of 15 plants/variety with one cutting/152 mm round pot. Colour characteristics were determined using the 2001 RHS colour chart. Measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Wynena' with reference varieties 'Lobena' and 'Sunmaref TP-V'

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Wynena' 'Lobena' 'Sunmaref TP-V'
mean 4.82 3.77 3.73
std. deviation 0.697 0.550 0.593

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Wynena' 'Lobena' 'Sunmaref TP-V'
mean 3.56 2.46 2.81
std. deviation 0.460 0.353 0.644

Inflorescence diameter (cm)

  'Wynena' 'Lobena' 'Sunmaref TP-V'
mean 4.28 5.17 3.50
std. deviation 0.329 0.397 0.138

Floret diameter (mm)

  'Wynena' 'Lobena' 'Sunmaref TP-V'
mean 25.4 22.30 17.10
std. deviation 1.075 1.829 2.319

Main colour of upper side of floret (RHS)

  'Wynena' 'Lobena' 'Sunmaref TP-V'
newly open N81A with N79C towards the centre N81A with 83A margins 83B with tones of N81A
fully open N/A N81A/B with 83B margins N82A with tones of N81B
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