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Denomination: 'Sunmaricomu'
Trade name: Temari Magenta
Botanical Name: Glandularia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Breeder: Takeshi Kanaya, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Tomoya Misato, Suntory Flowers Limited, Yamanashi, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2009-03-25
Application Number: 09-6574
Date Withdrawn: 2011-11-01

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balwilvio' (Wildfire Violet)

Summary: The tip of the hairs at the edge of the corolla tube are light greenish yellow for 'Sunmaricomu' while they are grey-purple for 'Balwilvio'. The corolla lobes are touching for 'Sunmaricomu' while they are free for 'Balwilvio'. The longitudinal axis of the corolla lobe is straight to recurved for 'Sunmaricomu' while it is incurved for 'Balwilvio'. The upper side of the corolla is purple for 'Sunmaricomu' while it is violet for 'Balwilvio'. The lower side of the corolla is purple for 'Sunmaricomu' while it is light blue violet with violet on the margin for 'Balwilvio'. The corolla eye is medium in size for 'Sunmaricomu' while it is small for 'Balwilvio'.


PLANT: creeping growth habit
STEM: dense pubescence, light green, weak anthocyanin colouration on middle third

LEAF: ovate, cuneate base, no divisions, dentate margin incisions, upper side medium green with absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration

INFLORESCENCE: broad ovate in profile
CAYLX: no anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA TUBE: hairs light green yellow at tip
COROLLA LOBES: touching, longitudinal axis straight to recurved, very weak to weak margin undulation, one colour on upper side, shaded colour pattern, lighter towards apex, upper side dark purple red (RHS 60A) when newly opened, purple (RHS 71B) when fully opened, lower side purple (RHS 72A-B), colour weakly fading with age
COROLLA EYE: medium in size, whitish green yellow.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Sunmaricomu' originated from a controlled pollination made at Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan in 2005. The female parent was a proprietary variety designated 00-17 and the male parent was a proprietary variety designated 00-20. Seeds from the pollination were germinated and grown to maturity. One plant was selected by the breeder in October 2006. The selected plant was propagated by cuttings and grown in a pot trial from April to November 2007.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Sunmaricomu' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2010, in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11 cm pots on May 4, 2010. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 4, 2010. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison table for 'Sunmaricomu' with reference variety 'Balwilvio'

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Sunmaricomu' 'Balwilvio'
upper side 71A, 61A at base N78A
lower side 72A-B 76A-C, N81C along margin

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Verbena: 'Sunmaricomu' (left) with reference variety 'Balwilvio' (right)

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Verbena: 'Sunmaricomu' (left) with reference variety 'Balwilvio' (right)

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