Denomination: 'NP001'
Trade name: Cape Town Blue
Botanical Name: Felicia amelloides
Applicant/Holder: Fick, Paul
P.O. Box 4183
New Plant Nursery, Victoria Bay Road
George East
South Africa
Breeder: Paul Fick, George East, South Africa
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2004-11-02
Application Number: 04-4466
Date Withdrawn: 2009-09-25

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balpinperi' (Pinwheel Periwinkle)

Summary: The leaf blade of 'NP001' is narrower and has a lighter green colour on the upper side than the leaf blade of 'Balpinperi'. 'NP001' has a longer peduncle than 'Balpinperi'.


PLANT: upright bushy, medium branching density

LEAF: medium pubescence, elliptic to lanceolate, broadly acute apex, attenuate base, light green on upper side, no petiole

PEDUNCLE: thin, medium anthocyanin colouration, dense pubescence

FLOWER: single
RAY FLORET: recurved along longitudinal axis, upper side light violet blue to violet blue, lower side violet blue (RHS 92C), floret disc yellow orange (RHS 13A).

Origin & Breeding History: 'NP001' originated from a cross made between two unnamed seedlings of Felecia amelloides. The cross was made by Paul Fick of New Plant Nursery in South Africa. The cross was made in September 2000 and in August 2001, a single plant was selected based on flower size and colour.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2007 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Trials included 15 plants of each variety. Plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 15 cm pots on May 10, 2007. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 3, 2007. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'NP001' with reference variety 'Balpinperi'

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'NP001' 'Balpinperi'
mean 1.1 1.6
std. deviation 0.23 0.16

Peduncle length (cm)

  'NP001' 'Balpinperi'
mean 21.6 16.7
std. deviation 3.20 2.35

Colour of ray floret (RHS)

  'NP001' 'Balpinperi'
upper side 93D-97A 93D-94D

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Felicia: 'NP001' (left) with reference variety 'Balpinperi' (right)

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Felicia: 'NP001' (left) with reference variety 'Balpinperi' (right)

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