Coconut Lime


Denomination: 'Coconut Lime'
Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea
Applicant/Holder: AB Kwekersrechten B.V.
Burg. Tonckensstraat 47
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Breeder: Arie Blom, Vleuten, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2006-10-03
Application Number: 06-5586
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-08-29
Certificate Number: 3281
Date rights surrendered: 2015-08-21

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Alba'

Summary: The plants of 'Coconut Lime' are taller with thinner, lighter green stems and smaller leaves than those of 'Alba'. 'Coconut Lime' has a smaller flower diameter and shorter ray florets than 'Alba'. The upper side of the ray florets of 'Coconut Lime' is white to light yellow with a yellowish green apex while it is white for 'Alba'. The disc florets of 'Coconut Lime' are petaloid while those of 'Alba' are not.


PLANT: upright growth habit, basal branching habit (no lateral branching)
STEM: medium thickness, round in cross-section, light green, dense pubescence, strigose type pubescence, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration

LEAF: alternate arrangement along stem, lanceolate, acuminate apex, attenuate and cuneate base, sparsely serrate margin, weak to sometimes moderate undulation of margin, dark green on upper side, dense pubescence on upper side, no glossiness on upper side, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on upper side, petiole present on leaves in lower part of plant (upper leaves are sessile)

PEDUNCLE: absent to weak waviness
CALYX: dark green, reflexed sepals
FLOWER: anemone type
RAY FLORET: attitude of longitudinal axis is downward, weakly reflexed tip, dentate tip (3 teeth), upper side is white to light yellow with yellow green tip, lower side is yellow green with light yellow stripes running lengthwise along keels
DISC FLORET: light yellow green with greener base

Origin & Breeding History: 'Coconut Lime' is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the breeder, Arie Blom, in The Netherlands. It originated from a cross made in July 2004 in Ijsselstein, The Netherlands, between two unknown Echinacea purpurea seedlings. 'Coconut Lime' was selected by the breeder in Zuidwolde, The Netherlands in July 2005 based on its' flower form, flower colour and abundance of flowers.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Coconut Lime' were conducted during the summer of 2007 in a poly-house at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included fifteen (15) plants per variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings planted in 15 cm pots on March 23, 2007 and transplanted into 7.5 litre containers on May 23, 2007. Observations and measurements were taken from ten (10) plants or parts of plants on July 11, 2007. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Coconut Lime' with reference variety 'Alba'

Plant height (cm)

  'Coconut Lime' 'Alba'
mean 44.7 35.4
std. deviation 4.46 4.59

Leaf length (cm)

  'Coconut Lime' 'Alba'
mean 8.2 13.9
std. deviation 0.59 1.67

Leaf width (cm)

  'Coconut Lime' 'Alba'
mean 3.1 6.7
std. deviation 0.41 0.72

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Coconut Lime' 'Alba'
mean 7.2 9.4
std. deviation 0.69 0.82

Ray floret length (cm)

  'Coconut Lime' 'Alba'
mean 3.4 4.6
std. deviation 0.27 0.25

Colour of ray floret (RHS)

  'Coconut Lime' 'Alba'
upper side 155A with 7D and 145C tip whiter than 157D
lower side closest to 154C with 4D running lengthwise along keels 155B and 145B

Colour of disc floret(RHS)

  'Coconut Lime' 'Alba'
floret 150D with 154D base 152C with 144A base

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Coconut Lime
Coneflower: 'Coconut Lime' (left) with reference variety 'Alba' (right)

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Coconut Lime
Coneflower: 'Coconut Lime' (left) with reference variety 'Alba' (right)

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