Denomination: 'Divowi'
Trade name: Devotion White
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: 06-5655
Date Withdrawn: 2009-09-23

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Dala Whit' (Darla White)

Summary: The plants of 'Divowi' are shorter and wider than those of 'Dala Whit'. Glossiness of the upper side of the leaves is absent for 'Divowi' while it is strong for 'Dala Whit'. 'Divowi' has a narrower corolla than 'Dala Whit'. The spurs of 'Divowi' are light blue pink while those of 'Dala Whit' are white. The corolla window of 'Divowi' is green yellow to light yellow whereas it is medium yellow for 'Dala Whit'.


PLANT: semi-upright growth habit, very short, medium to wide, medium density
STEM: weak anthocyanin colouration below inflorescence

LEAF BLADE: medium length, medium to wide, obtuse apex, truncate base, no glossiness on upper side, no variegation, medium green on upper side

INFLORESCENCE: medium to dense
PEDICEL: medium length, weak to moderate anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: medium length, narrow, white on upper side
LOWER COROLLA LOBE: broader than long, weak to moderate incurving, weak undulation of margin, trichomal elaiophores present
COROLLA WINDOW: green yellow to light yellow
COROLLA SPURS: short to medium length, light blue pink, weak curvature, pointing downwards to outwards

Origin & Breeding History: 'Divowi' originated from a controlled cross between the female parent designated 'D0039-3' and the male parent designated 'D0039-2' which was made in August 2001 by the breeder Har Stemkens, an employee of Syngenta Seeds B.V. in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. 'Divowi' 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 'Divowi' 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 'Divowi' with reference variety 'Dala Whit'

Plant height (cm)

  'Divowi' 'Dala Whit'
mean 18.3 23.8
std.deviation 0.95 2.97

Plant width (cm)

  'Divowi' 'Dala Whit'
mean 39.8 30.4
std. deviation 3.46 2.32

Corolla width

  'Divowi' 'Dala Whit'
mean 1.9 2.2
std. deviation 0.11 0.13

Corolla colour (RHS)

  'Divowi' 'Dala Whit'
spurs 73C white

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Diascia: 'Divowi' (left) with reference variety 'Dala Whit' (right)

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Diascia: 'Divowi' (left) with reference variety 'Dala Whit' (right)

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Diascia: 'Divowi' (left) with reference variety 'Dala Whit' (right)

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