Cape Fuchsia

Denomination: 'Passionate'
Botanical Name: Phygelius aequalis
Applicant/Holder: Lommerse, Petronella Maria
Turfspoor 53
2165 AW
Breeder: Aad Geerlings, Lisserbroek, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2005-10-06
Application Number: 05-5090
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-12-13
Certificate Number: 3989
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2028-12-13

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Devil's Tears'

Summary: 'Passionate' has a taller plant height and wider plant width than 'Devil's Tears'. 'Passionate' has purple and green brown stem colour while 'Devil's Tears' has medium green stem colour. 'Passionate' has very strong anthocyanin colouration in the stem while 'Devil's Tears' has weak anthocyanin. The upper side of the leaf blade is dark green for 'Passionate' while it is medium green for 'Devil's Tears'. 'Passionate' has a longer corolla length than 'Devil's Tears'. 'Passionate' differs slightly from 'Devil's Tears' in the colour on the inner and outer side of the corolla.


PLANT: upright bushy growth habit, spreading at maturity, medium degree of branching
STEM: green brown to purple, very strong anthocyanin colouration, absent or very sparse pubescence

LEAF: opposite arrangement, simple, ovate shape, acute apex, attenuate base, irregular serrate margin, upper side dark green with anthocyanin colouration, no variegation
PETIOLE: short to medium length

FLOWER: one medium length flowering period, flowers mid season, panicle type inflorescence, terminal in position, spreading attitude, salverform corolla
COROLLA LOBES: five, partially fused to completely fused, medium sized, inner side yellow (RHS 6C to 11C) at base with red (RHS 43A) towards margin, outer side orange red (RHS 39A to 40C-D)

Origin & Breeding History: 'Passionate' originated from the open pollination of unnamed selections of cape fuchsia, made in Lisserbroek, The Netherlands in 2002. The objective of the breeding program was to create new cape fuchsia varieties with improved form and floral traits.

Tests & Trials: Trials were conducted during the summer of 2009 in Oxford Station, Ontario. Fifteen plants of the candidate variety and ten plants of the reference variety were grown in 15 cm pots in a polyhouse. Plants were spaced approximately 60 cm apart. Observations and measurements were taken on 10 plants of each variety. Colours were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Passionate' with reference variety 'Devil's Tears'

Plant height (cm)

  'Passionate' 'Devil's Tears'
mean 65.17 48.14
std. deviation 8.82 7.52

Plant width (cm)

  'Passionate' 'Devil's Tears'
mean 51.17 41.20
std. deviation 4.96 4.12

Corolla length (cm)

  'Passionate' 'Devil's Tears'
mean 5.10 3.75
std. deviation 0.32 0.50

Colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'Passionate' 'Devil's Tears'
inner side 6C to 11C and 43A 5D and 42A
outer side 39A to 40C-D 40B-C to 40D

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Cape Fuchsia: 'Passionate' (left) with reference variety 'Devil's Tears' (right)

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