Denomination: 'Dapared'
Trade name: Dahlietta Connie Improved
Botanical Name: Dahlia pinnata
Applicant/Holder: Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
United States of America
Breeder: Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-02-18
Application Number: 05-4585
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-09-25
Certificate Number: 2925
Date rights surrendered: 2010-09-20

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Connie' (Dahlietta Connie)

Summary: 'Dapared' has a narrower and lighter green leaf than 'Connie'. The leaf margin incisions of 'Dapared' are shallower and fewer than 'Connie'. 'Dapared' has no or very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the peduncle while it is strong in 'Connie'. The flower head of 'Dapared' has a higher density of ray florets than 'Connie'. 'Dapared' has a secondary dark pink red colour on the lower side of the ray floret while 'Connie' does not.


PLANT: upright habit
STEM: light green, no anthocyanin colouration

LEAF: simple and compound type, medium green, wings on petiole present, few to medium number of shallow to moderate depth incisions, smooth to very weakly rugose texture to upper surface, veins on upper surface raised

FLOWER: absent to very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration of the peduncle, position just above the foliage, weak to moderately acute attitude relative to peduncle, decorative daisy-eyed double type, medium red monocolour, moderate density of ray florets
RAY FLORET: straight to reflexing along the longitudinal axis, straight tip, moderately to weakly concave in u-shape in cross section at midpoint, revolute to flat lateral margin at middle, rounded to pointed tip, even colour pattern, red (RHS 46B) on upper side, red (RHS 45C) with dark pink red (N34C) on lower side
DISC: small diameter in relation to flower head, yellow colour before anther dehiscence, yellow orange colour at dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Dapared' originated in a controlled breeding program on June 1, 2000 at Rijsenhout, Noordholland, The Netherlands. The female parent was the proprietary dahlia selection '3323', characterized by its red flower colour, dark green leaf colour and compact growth habit, with the male parent being 'Connie' (Jenny) characterized by its red flower colour, medium green leaf colour and compact and upright growth habit. Initial selection was made on August 1, 2001 based on flower colour, compactness and flower form.

Tests & Trials: Trials were conducted in a polyhouse in the spring/summer of 2006 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 15 plants of the candidate and reference varieties each individually grown in 15cm pots. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 RHS colour chart.

Comparison table for 'Dapared' with reference variety 'Connie'

Leaf width: (cm)

  'Dapared' 'Connie'
mean 5.5 9.3
std. deviation 0.95 1.01

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Dahlia: 'Dapared' (left) with reference variety 'Dahlietta® Connie' (right)

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