Denomination: 'Divochiff'
Trade name: Devotion Chiffon
Botanical Name: Diascia barberae
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Har Stemkens, Syngenta Seeds B.V., Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-11-25
Application Number: 06-5652
Date Withdrawn: 2009-09-23

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balwhisaptim' (Whisper Apricot Improved)

Summary: The plants of 'Divochiff' have a more upright growth habit and are very narrow while those of 'Balwhisaptim' are wide. 'Divochiff' has shorter, glossier leaf blades and shorter corollas than 'Balwhisaptim'. The corolla of 'Divochiff' is lighter orange pink than that of 'Balwhisaptim'. The spur colour for 'Divochiff' is red pink while it is dark pink red for 'Balwhisaptim'. The spurs of 'Divochiff' point outwards while those of 'Balwhisaptim' point downwards.


PLANT: upright growth habit, very short, very narrow, dense
STEM: weak anthocyanin colouration below inflorescence

LEAF BLADE: short, wide, acute apex, cordate base, strong glossiness on upper side, no variegation, light to medium green on upper side

INFLORESCENCE: medium to dense
PEDICEL: short, weak anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: very short, narrow to medium width, orange pink on upper side
LATERAL COROLLA LOBES: strong reflexing
LOWER COROLLA LOBE: broader than long, moderate to strong incurving, moderate undulation of margin, no trichomal elaiophores
COROLLA WINDOW: medium to dark yellow
COROLLA SPURS: long, red pink, moderate curvature, pointing outwards

Origin & Breeding History: 'Divochiff' originated from a controlled cross between the female parent designated 'D0002-1' and the male parent designated 'D0002-2' which was made in August 2001 by the breeder Har Stemkens, an employee of Syngenta Seeds B.V. in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. 'Divochiff' was selected from the resulting progeny in May 2002 based on its earliness to flower, plant form and flower colour. Asexual reproduction by cuttings was first conducted in July 2002 in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Divochiff' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2008 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. There were 15 plants of each variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11.5 cm pots on March 18, 2008. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants or parts of plants of each variety on May 12, 2008. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Divochiff' with reference variety 'Balwhisaptim'

Plant width (cm)

  'Divochiff' 'Balwhisaptim'
mean 30.2 41.7
std. deviation 2.00 5.17

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Divochiff' 'Balwhisaptim'
mean 1.9 2.3
std. deviation 0.15 0.21

Corolla length (cm)

  'Divochiff' 'Balwhisaptim'
mean 1.20 1.94
std. deviation 0.27 0.13

Corolla colour (RHS)

  'Divochiff' 'Balwhisaptim'
upper side 33D more orange than 37A-B
spurs 51C 48A

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Diascia: 'Divochiff' (left) with reference variety 'Balwhisaptim' (right)

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Diascia: 'Divochiff' (left) with reference variety 'Balwhisaptim' (right)

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Diascia: 'Divochiff' (left) with reference variety 'Balwhisaptim' (right)

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