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Denomination: 'Suntapisofpi'
Trade name: Tapien Plum Frost
Botanical Name: Glandularia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Breeder: Naoto Takamura, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2006-07-14
Application Number: 06-5549
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-08-29
Certificate Number: 3332
Date rights surrendered: 2010-08-17

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balazdapima' (Aztec Dark Pink Magic)

Summary: 'Suntapisofpi' has lighter green stems than 'Balazdapima'. The upper side of the corolla of 'Suntapisofpi' is violet with darker, redder violet at the apex of the lobes while for 'Balazdapima', it is blue pink with purple at the base of the lobes. The lower side of the corolla is light blue violet fading to white towards the base of the lobes for 'Suntapisofpi' while it is reddish violet for 'Balazdapima'.


PLANT: creeping growth habit, short to medium height, medium width
STEM: light green, moderate anthocyanin colouration on middle third, dense pubescence

LEAF BLADE: short to medium length, narrow to medium width, ovate, cuneate base, divided, serrate margin, light to medium green on upper side, no anthocyanin colouration on upper side
PETIOLE: medium length

INFLORESCENCE: narrow to medium diameter, cylindrical to broad ovate in profile
CALYX: anthocyanin colouration along margins of teeth only
COROLLA: narrow to medium diameter, one coloured, lighter colour towards base of corolla lobes, violet with darker and redder violet at apex of corolla lobes on upper side, weak fading of colour with age, violet on lower side
COROLLA LOBES: not touching, straight to slightly incurved along longitudinal axis, weak undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: short to medium length, tip of protruding hairs is whitish to light green yellow
COROLLA EYE: present on three corolla lobes only, medium to large diameter, whitish green to green yellow

Origin & Breeding History: 'Suntapisofpi' originated from a cross conducted at the Omi R&D Center of Suntory Flowers Ltd. located in Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken, Japan in June 2002. The female parent was a breeding line designated 'T205-2' and the male parent was another breeding line designated 'T207-4'. From the resulting progeny, 20 seedlings were selected in January 2003 and trialed from May to October 2003. Subsequently, 'Suntapisofpi' was selected from these seedlings based on its flower colour and plant growth habit.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Suntapisofpi' were conducted in a poly-house during the spring of 2007 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of fifteen (15) plants per variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings transplanted into 11.5 cm pots on May 4, 2007. Measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from ten (10) plants or parts of plants on June 20, 2007. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison table for 'Suntapisofpi' with reference variety 'Balazdapima'

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Suntapisofpi' 'Balazdapima'
upper side N78C-D with N78A (but redder) at apex of lobes lighter than 73A with N74B at base of lobes
lower side 84C fading to white towards base of lobes redder than 75B

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Verbena: 'Suntapisofpi' (left) with reference variety 'Balazdapima' (right)

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Verbena: 'Suntapisofpi' (left) with reference variety 'Balazdapima' (right)

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