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Denomination: 'Scarabee'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'Scarlet'
Trade name: Fuego Orange Red
Botanical Name: Glandularia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Jurgen Weiss, Goch, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2007-07-19
Application Number: 07-5980
Date Withdrawn: 2009-09-23

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Scarlena' (Tukana Scarlet) and 'Sunmarired' (Temari Red)

Summary: 'Scarabee' has a less upright growth habit than 'Sunmarired'. The plant of 'Scarabee' is shorter than 'Scarlena' and 'Sunmarired'. 'Scarabee' has a smaller diameter inflorescence than 'Scarlena'. The corolla lobe of 'Scarabee' has stronger undulation of the margin than the reference varieties. 'Scarabee' has no eye zone while 'Sunmarired' does.


PLANT: creeping to semi-upright growth habit, short height, narrow to medium width
STEM: light green, weak to medium anthocyanin colouration on middle third

LEAF BLADE: short, very narrow to narrow, lanceolate to ovate shape, cuneate base, no divisions, dentate margin, medium green on upper side, no anthocyanin colouration on upper side
PETIOLE: short

INFLORESCENCE: medium diameter, broad ovate in profile
CALYX: no anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: medium diameter, one colour, shaded colour pattern, lighter colour towards the apex of the lobes, red (RHS 45B) upper side, strongly fading change in colour with age, dark pink red (RHS 50B) fading to white on lower side
COROLLA LOBES: free to touching, incurved to straight along longitudinal axis, strong undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: medium to long length, tip of protruding hairs is light green with a pink spot

Origin & Breeding History: 'Scarabee' was discovered as a chance seedling of an unknown verbena hybrida in June 2001 in Kleve, Germany. 'Scarabee' was selected as a single plant in 2002, in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands based on flower colour, floriferousness and plant habit.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials were conducted in a poly house in the spring of 2008 in St. Thomas, Ontario. There were 15 plants of each variety individually grown in 12 cm plastic pots. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Scarabee' with reference varieties 'Scarlena' and 'Sunmarired'

Plant height (cm)

  'Scarabee' 'Scarlena' 'Sunmarired'
mean 12.1 18.7 16.2
std. deviation 1.77 1.71 1.53

Inflorescence diameter (cm)

  'Scarabee' 'Scarlena' 'Sunmarired'
mean 5.4 6.5 5.9
std. deviation 0.27 0.37 0.42

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Verbena: 'Scarabee' (left) with reference varieties 'Scarlena' (centre) and 'Sunmarired' (right)

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