Sultry Kiss


Denomination: 'Sultry Kiss'
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: 09-6750
Grant of Rights Date: 2012-01-30
Certificate Number: 4257
Date rights revoked: 2013-06-21

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Fireball' and 'Cranberry Crush'

Summary: The plants of 'Sultry Kiss' are taller than the plants of 'Cranberry Crush'. The stems of 'Sultry Kiss' are a darker purple colour than the stems of 'Cranberry Crush'. The upper side of the leaf blade of 'Sultry Kiss' is dark green in colour while the upper side of the leaf blade of 'Fireball' is purple and the leaf blade of 'Cranberry Crush' is medium green with tinges of purple. The flowers of 'Sultry Kiss' are larger in diameter than the flowers of 'Cranberry Crush'. The upper side of the petal of 'Sultry Kiss' is red to dark pink red while the petals of 'Fireball' are red and the petals of 'Cranberry Crush' are dark purple red. 'Sultry Kiss' flowers early to mid-season while the reference varieties flower mid to late season.


PLANT: bushy growth habit, sparse to medium branching, upright branch attitude, stems dark purple on upper third

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

FLOWER: single, main colour medium red, medium sized eye zone, eye zone dark purple red (RHS 46A), strong overlapping of petals, early to mid season flowering
PETAL: one colour, upper and lower side red to dark pink red (RHS 47B/C), absent or very weak serrations on margin, weak undulation of margin, no fading of colour
STAMINAL COLUMN: main colour red, base colour identical to main colour
STIGMA PAD: medium red.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Sultry Kiss' 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 'Sultry Kiss' were conducted at Variety Rights Management in Oxford Station, Ontario during the summer of 2010. 19 plants of the candidate variety, 20 plants of the reference 'Fireball' and 26 plants of the reference 'Cranberry Crush' 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 'Sultry Kiss' with reference varieties 'Fireball' and 'Cranberry Crush'

Plant height (cm)

  'Sultry Kiss' 'Fireball' 'Cranberry Crush'
mean 93.29 82.71 61.57
std. deviation 14.42 8.30 7.83

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Sultry Kiss' 'Fireball' 'Cranberry Crush'
mean 17.54 16.26 13.73
std. deviation 0.69 0.70 0.70

Colour of petal (RHS)

  'Sultry Kiss' 'Fireball' 'Cranberry Crush'
upper side 47B/C 42A N34A
lower side 47B/C 42A N34A

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Hibiscus: 'Sultry Kiss' (left) with reference variety 'Fireball' (right)

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Hibiscus: 'Sultry Kiss' (right) with reference variety 'Cranberry Crush' (left)

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