Peppermint Schnapps


Denomination: 'Peppermint Schnapps'
Botanical Name: Hibiscus
Applicant/Holder: Aris Horticulture Inc.
115 3rd Street Southeast
P.O. Box 230
Barberton, Ohio
United States of America
Breeder: Mark Smith, Syngenta Flowers, Inc., Gilroy, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Keepsake Plants, Ltd.
P.O. Box 370
268 Seacliff Drive West
Leamington, Ontario
N8H 3W3
Tel: 519-326-6121; Ext.224
Application Date: 2007-01-24
Application Number: 07-5727
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-11-24
Certificate Number: 3421
Date rights surrendered: 2009-11-13

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Fantasia' and 'Lady Baltimore'

Summary: The stems of 'Peppermint Schnapps' are light green while those of both reference varieties are red and light green. The young and mature leaves of 'Peppermint Schnapps' have weaker lobing than those of the reference varieties. 'Peppermint Schnapps' has narrower leaves than 'Lady Baltimore'. The flowers of 'Peppermint Schnapps' have a larger diameter than those of 'Lady Baltimore'. 'Peppermint Schnapps' has wider petals than 'Lady Baltimore' and narrower petals than 'Fantasia'. The flower colour group of 'Peppermint Schnapps' is pink while that of 'Fantasia' is medium pink and that of 'Lady Baltimore' is light pink. The upper side of the petals of 'Peppermint Schnapps' have more pink than those of 'Fantasia' which have more purple and those of 'Lady Baltimore' which have more white. 'Peppermint Schnapps' has petals with a small to medium sized basal spot whereas those of 'Lady Baltimore' are large.


PLANT: sparse branching, upright attitude of branches
STEM: light green, weak anthocyanin colouration, thick to very thick primary branch, medium thick secondary branches, no pubescence

LEAF: alternate arrangement along stem, medium degree of lobing of young leaves, weak to medium degree of lobing of mature leaves
LEAF BLADE: light green on upper side, no variegation, very sparse pubescence, ovate, cordate base, acuminate apex
LEAF BLADE MARGIN: absent to very weak undulation, dentate

FLOWER: single type, two coloured, not persistent, medium to strong overlapping of petals
PETAL: fan shape, pink colour group, blue pink with light blue pink tones on upper side, speckled dark pink red around veins, dark pink red on lower side
PETAL BASAL SPOT: red, small to medium size
STYLE: red pink

Origin & Breeding History: 'Peppermint Schnapps' originated from a cross-pollination made by the breeder, Mr. Mark A. Smith, an employee of Yoder Brothers Inc., Barberton, Ohio, United States. The cross took place in the summer of 2000, in Salinas, California, United States between the female parent, Hibiscus variety 'Disco Belle Pink' and the male parent, an unknown Hibiscus coccineus seedling with red flowers. The new variety was selected by the breeder on May 29, 2001 based on its branching characteristics, uniform plant growth habit, desirable flower size, flower colour, foliage colour and foliage shape. The variety has been maintained by vegetative tip cuttings in Alva, Florida since June 2001.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Peppermint Schnapps' were conducted as a container trial during the summer of 2007 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants each of the candidate variety and reference variety 'Lady Baltimore' and 8 plants of the reference variety 'Fantasia'. Rooted cuttings were planted in 20 centimetre pots on June 8, 2007 and transplanted in 7.5 litre containers on August 1, 2007. Measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on August 24, 2007 and colour observations on September 19, 2007. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Peppermint Schnapps' with reference varieties 'Fantasia' and 'Lady Baltimore'

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Peppermint Schnapps' 'Fantasia' 'Lady Baltimore'
mean 9.3 9.3 12.9
std. deviation 1.42 1.11 2.27

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Peppermint Schnapps' 'Fantasia' 'Lady Baltimore'
mean 20.1 19.4 15.4
std. deviation 2.35 2.25 0.83

Petal width (cm)

  'Peppermint Schnapps' 'Fantasia' 'Lady Baltimore'
mean 11.3 13.7 7.5
std. deviation 0.97 0.62 0.44

Main colour of petal (RHS)

  'Peppermint Schnapps' 'Fantasia' 'Lady Baltimore'
upper side 67D with 68D tones pinker than 186B 62B fading to N155B

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Peppermint Schnapps
Hibiscus: 'Peppermint Schnapps' (left) with reference varieties 'Fantasia' (center) and 'Lady Baltimore' (right)

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