Fatal Attraction


Denomination: 'Fatal Attraction'
Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea
Applicant/Holder: Oudolf, Petrus Hendricus
Broekstraat 17, 6999 De
Breeder: Petrus Hendricus Oudolf, Hummelo, 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: 2006-03-17
Application Number: 06-5330
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-12-13
Certificate Number: 3984
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2028-12-13

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Rubinstern'

Summary: The plants of 'Fatal Attraction' are smaller than those of 'Rubinstern'. 'Fatal Attraction' has narrower leaf blades than 'Rubinstern'. The flowers of 'Fatal Attraction' have a smaller diameter than those of 'Rubinstern'. 'Fatal Attraction' has smaller ray florets than 'Rubinstern'. The ray florets of 'Fatal Attraction' have a straight to incurving longitudinal axis while those of 'Rubinstern' are reflexing to straight. 'Fatal Attraction' is purple on the upper side of the ray florets while 'Rubinstern' is blue pink. The discs on the flowers of 'Fatal Attraction' have a smaller diameter than those of 'Rubinstern'.


PLANT: vegetatively propagated, perennial, narrow upright to upright bushy, sparse to medium degree of branching
STEM: dark green, medium to dense pubescence

LEAF BLADE: alternate arrangement, simple, ovate and lanceolate, acute apex, attenuate base, serrate margin, dark green on upper side, no variegation, petiole present

FLOWER: one flowering period, mid-season flowering, medium to long flowering period, head inflorescence, both terminal and axillary position, erect attitude, medium number of ray florets
RAY FLORET: straight to incurving longitudinal axis, purple (RHS 71B) on upper side
DISC: present, grey (RHS 197A) and orange brown (RHS N172B) florets

Origin & Breeding History: 'Fatal Attraction' originated from the pollination of un-named seedling selections of the species Echinacea purpurea, in 2001. The new variety was discovered and selected in the nursery of Petrus Oudolf in Hummelo, The Netherlands, in 2002. 'Fatal Attraction' was selected based on improved form and floral traits.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Fatal Attraction' were conducted during the summer of 2009, in Oxford Station, Ontario. Fifteen plants each of the candidate and reference varieties were grown in 15 cm pots spaced 60 cm apart in a polyhouse. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Fatal Attraction' with reference variety 'Rubinstern'

Plant height (cm)

  'Fatal Attraction' 'Rubinstern'
mean 43.93 79.86
std. deviation 4.33 5.34

Plant width (cm)

  'Fatal Attraction' 'Rubinstern'
mean 27.00 41.20
std. deviation 4.9 3.27

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Fatal Attraction' 'Rubinstern'
mean 5.20 6.74
std. deviation 1.04 0.81

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Fatal Attraction' 'Rubinstern'
mean 6.82 11.83
std. deviation 1.14 0.93

Ray floret length (cm)

  'Fatal Attraction' 'Rubinstern'
mean 3.20 3.98
std. deviation 0.43 0.33

Ray floret width (cm)

  'Fatal Attraction' 'Rubinstern'
mean 0.54 1.38
std. deviation 0.09 0.18

Colour of ray floret (RHS)

  'Fatal Attraction' 'Rubinstern'
upper side 71B 73A to 72C

Disc diameter (cm)

  'Fatal Attraction' 'Rubinstern'
mean 2.65 3.73
std. deviation 0.37 0.55

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Fatal Attraction
Coneflower: 'Fatal Attraction' (left) with reference variety 'Rubinstern' (right)

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