Denomination: 'Divocrim'
Trade name: Devotion Velvet Red
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: 06-5653
Date Withdrawn: 2009-09-23

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Diastonia' (Flying Colors Red) and 'Balwingarn' (Wink Garnet)

Summary: The plants of 'Divocrim' are wider than those of 'Balwingarn'. 'Divocrim' has longer leaves than 'Diastonia'. The upper side of the corolla of 'Divocrim' is dark purple red whereas it is dark pink red aging to dark purple red for 'Diastonia' and dark purple red aging to a darker purple red for 'Balwingarn'. Incurving of the lower corolla lobe is moderate for 'Divocrim' while it is absent or weak for 'Diastonia'. 'Divocrim' has denser trichomal elaiophores on the lower lobe of the corolla and longer spurs than 'Balwingarn'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, very tall, wide to very wide, dense
STEM: absent or weak anthocyanin colouration below inflorescence

LEAF BLADE: medium length, very narrow to narrow, acute apex, truncate to cordate base, strong glossiness on upper side, no variegation, medium green on upper side

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

Origin & Breeding History: 'Divocrim' originated from a controlled cross between the female parent variety 'Diastured' and the male parent designated 'D0029-2' which was made in August 2001 by the breeder Har Stemkens, an employee of Syngenta Seeds B.V. in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. 'Divocrim' 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 'Divocrim' 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 'Divocrim' with reference varieties 'Diastonia' and 'Balwingarn'

Plant width (cm)

  'Divocrim' 'Diastonia' 'Balwingarn'
mean 41.9 47.3 37.0
std. deviation 2.72 6.72 2.07

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Divocrim' 'Diastonia' 'Balwingarn'
mean 2.1 1.7 1.9
std. deviation 0.18 0.11 0.28

Corolla colour (RHS)

  'Divocrim' 'Diastonia' 'Balwingarn'
upper side 53B 53C aging to 53B 53B-C aging to 53A
spurs 59B 58A 59B

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Diascia: 'Divocrim' (left) with reference varieties 'Diastonia' (centre) and 'Balwingarn' (right)

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Diascia: 'Divocrim' (left) with reference varieties 'Diastonia' (centre) and 'Balwingarn' (right)

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Diascia: 'Divocrim' (left) with reference varieties 'Diastonia' (centre) and 'Balwingarn' (right)

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