Party Favor


Denomination: 'Party Favor'
Botanical Name: Hibiscus
Applicant/Holder: Walters Gardens, Inc.
1992 96th Avenue
P.O. Box 137
Zeeland, Michigan
United States of America
Breeder: Kevin A. Hurd, Fairfax, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2009-10-23
Application Number: 09-6749
Grant of Rights Date: 2012-01-30
Certificate Number: 4256
Date rights revoked: 2013-06-21

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Fantasia' and 'Pink Elephant'

Summary: The leaf blade of 'Party Favor' is wider than the leaf blade of the reference varieties. The upper side of the leaf blade of 'Party Favor' is medium to dark green with reddish-brown tones while the leaf blade of 'Fantasia' is medium green and the leaf blade of 'Pink Elephant' is dark green. The leaf blade of 'Party Favor' is palmate with a strong degree of lobing while the leaf blade of 'Pink Elephant' is ovate in shape with weak lobing. The flower of 'Party Favor' is larger in diameter than the flowers of the reference varieties. The upper and lower side of the petal is violet for 'Party Favor' while it is blue pink for the reference varieties. The staminal column is white for 'Party Favor' while it is pink for 'Fantasia'. The stigma is yellow-white for 'Party Favor' while it is medium red for 'Fantasia'.


PLANT: bushy growth habit, medium to dense branching, upright branch attitude, stems red on upper third

LEAF BLADE: upper side medium to dark green with tinges of reddish-brown, no variegation, palmate, base rounded to truncate, apex acute, strong lobing, moderate undulation of margin, shallow dentate incisions on margin

FLOWER: single, main colour pink, medium sized eye zone, eye zone purple red (RHS N66A/B), very strong overlapping of petals, mid to late season flowering
PETAL: two colours, upper side violet (RHS 75B/C), light blue pink (RHS 73D) secondary colour, secondary colour in blotched pattern, absent or very weak serrations on margin, medium to strong undulation of margin, no fading of colour
STAMINAL COLUMN: main colour white, base colour identical to main colour
STIGMA PAD: yellow-white.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Party Favor' originated from a cross between 'Fantasia' and 'Fireball', made at Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan, USA, in August 2006. The variety was selected in August 2007 from the progeny of this cross based on criteria for flower colour and length of flowering period.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Party Favor' were conducted at Variety Rights Management in Oxford Station, Ontario during the summer of 2010. 16 plants of the candidate variety, 20 plants of the reference 'Fantasia' and 18 plants of the reference 'Pink Elephant' were grown in 23 cm pots in an outdoor trial. Plants were spaced approximately 60 cm apart. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Party Favor' with reference varieties 'Fantasia' and 'Pink Elephant'

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Party Favor' 'Fantasia' 'Pink Elephant'
mean 9.65 6.04 6.63
std. deviation 1.54 0.53 0.49

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Party Favor' 'Fantasia' 'Pink Elephant'
mean 15.49 13.30 13.94
std. deviation 0.52 0.77 0.34

Colour of petal (RHS)

  'Party Favor' 'Fantasia' 'Pink Elephant'
upper side 75B/C N66D N66D
lower side 75C N66D (lighter than) N66D

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Party Favor
Hibiscus: 'Party Favor' (left) with reference variety 'Fantasia' (right)

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Party Favor
Hibiscus: Reference variety 'Pink Elephant'

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