|Botanical Name:||Echinacea purpurea|
Oudolf, Petrus Hendricus
Broekstraat 17, 6999 De
Petrus Hendricus Oudolf, Hummelo, Netherlands
|Agent in Canada:||
Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
Oxford Station, Ontario
|Grant of Rights Date:||2010-12-13|
|Grant of Rights Termination Date:||2028-12-13|
Variety used for comparison: 'White Swan'
Summary: The plants of 'Virgin' are taller than those of 'White Swan'. 'Virgin' has flowers with a smaller diameter and more ray florets than 'White Swan'. The ray florets of 'Virgin' are shorter than those of 'White Swan'. 'Virgin' has disc florets which are dark green and light green while 'White Swan' has disc florets which are grey and orange brown.
PLANT: vegetatively propagated, perennial, upright bushy growth habit, 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, no petiole
FLOWER: one flowering period, mid-season flowering, medium to long flowering period, head inflorescence, both terminal and axillary position, erect attitude
RAY FLORET: medium number, straight longitudinal axis, white (RHS 155D/157D) on upper side
DISC: present, dark green (RHS 144A) and light green (RHS 145C) florets
Origin & Breeding History: 'Virgin' originated as a chance seedling in the nursery of Mr. P.H. Oudolf in Hummelo, The Netherlands, in 2004. The new variety was discovered as a chance seeding in a nursery block of un-named Echinacea purpurea plants that had been allowed to set seed in 2003. 'Virgin' was selected based on improved form and floral traits.
Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Virgin' 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 'Virgin' with reference variety 'White Swan'
Plant height (cm)
Flower diameter (cm)
Number of ray florets
Ray floret length (cm)
Colour of disc (RHS)
|floret||144A and 145C||197A and N172B|
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