Miss Molly

Butterfly Bush

Denomination: 'Miss Molly'
Trade name: Lo & Behold Miss Molly
Botanical Name: Buddleja
Applicant/Holder: North Carolina State University
Office of Technology Transfer
1021 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina
27606
United States of America
Breeder: Dennis J. Werner, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, United States of America
Layne K. Snelling, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Canada
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2010-08-05
Application Number: 10-7045
Grant of Rights Date: 2012-12-14
Certificate Number: 4446
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2030-12-14

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Miss Ruby' (Lo & Behold Miss Ruby)

Summary: The stem of 'Miss Molly' has dense tomentose pubescence while the stem of 'Miss Ruby' has very dense tomentose pubescence. The leaf of 'Miss Molly' is shorter than the leaf of 'Miss Ruby'. The upper side of the corolla of 'Miss Molly' is a darker purple than the upper side of the corolla of 'Miss Ruby'.

Description:

PLANT: deciduous, upright to bushy growth habit, medium branching and foliage density
STEM: medium thickness, weak anthocyanin colouration, edged shape, dense tomentose pubescence, light green, no twisting

LEAF: opposite arrangement, simple, elliptic to lanceolate shape, acuminate apex, cuneate base, crenate to dentate margin, absent or very weak glossiness on upper side, sparse pubescence on upper side, dense tomentose pubescence on lower side, upper side medium green, lower side grey green, no variegation, absent or very weak leaf fragrance

INFLORESCENCE: panicle, conical shape, erect attitude, medium fragrance
COROLLA: salverform, flat to concave in profile, 4 lobes, oblong lobe shape, rounded apex, irregular crenate/dentate margin of apex, weak undulation of margin, upper side purple (RHS 71A)
COROLLA TUBE: inner side yellow orange (RHS 15B), outer side dark purple red (RHS 59B)
BUD: conical, dark purple red (RHS 187B).

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Miss Molly' originated from a controlled cross made in the summer of 2004 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. The female parent was the variety 'Attraction' and the male parent was the variety 'Miss Ruby'. The resultant seedlings were planted in field trials in the spring of 2005 in Jackson Springs, North Carolina. The new variety was selected in the summer of 2005 based on its semi-compact growth habit and unique flower colour. The first asexual propagation by softwood and semi-hardwood stem cuttings was conducted in August 2005 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Tests & Trials: The variety 'Miss Molly' was tested in an outdoor trial during the summer of 2011 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included of a total of 16 plants of the candidate variety and 8 plants of the reference variety. All plants were grown from 4 1/2 inch rooted liners and transplanted into 3 gallon containers on July 8, 2011. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of the candidate variety and 8 plants of the reference variety on August 19, 2011. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.


Comparison tables for 'Miss Molly' with reference variety 'Miss Ruby'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Miss Molly' 'Miss Ruby'
mean 6.5 7.8
std. deviation 0.52 0.76

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Miss Molly' 'Miss Ruby'
upper side 71A 71B-C

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Miss Molly
Butterfly Bush: 'Miss Molly' (left) with reference variety 'Miss Ruby' (right)

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Miss Molly
Butterfly Bush: 'Miss Molly' (left) with reference variety 'Miss Ruby' (right)

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