Denomination: 'Robmornrog'
Trade name: Morning Glow Rose & Gold
Botanical Name: Lantana camara
Applicant/Holder: Roberson, Robert J.
31706 East Pink Hill Road
Grain Valley, Missouri
United States of America
Breeder: Robert J. Roberson, Grain Valley, 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: 2003-04-30
Application Number: 03-3574
Date abandoned: 2007-12-10

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Patriot Firewagon'

Summary: 'Robmornrog' has shorter plants with darker green leaves than 'Patriot Firewagon'. The inflorescence of 'Robmornrog' is smaller in diameter than that of 'Patriot Firewagon'. The floret colour for 'Robmornrog' is yellow orange upon opening, changing to orange red and maturing to red/dark pink red, while for 'Patriot Firewagon', it is yellow orange, changing to yellow orange/orange and maturing to lighter red.


'Robmornrog' is a Lantana variety with a semi-erect plant growth habit. Pubescence of the stem is sparse. The leaf blade is elliptic to ovate in shape with an acute apex, acute base and serrate margin. The colour of the leaf blade is dark green. Pubescence of the leaf blade is sparse on the upper side and very sparse on the lower side. There is a petiole present.

'Robmornrog' has dome shaped inflorescences which are located at both axillary and terminal positions on the stem. The arrangement of the corolla lobes is overlapping. The corolla lobes have an obtuse shaped apex and weak to moderate undulation of the margin. The corolla lobes are recurved along the longitudinal axis. The floret colour for 'Robmornrog' is yellow orange upon opening, changing to orange red and maturing to red/dark pink red. The florets have no eye zone.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Robmornrog' was developed from a Lantana camara L. breeding / selection program conducted in the late 1990's by Robert Roberson in Grain Valley, Missouri, U.S.A. The goal for this breeding / selection program was to produce varieties with medium sized, mounding plant growth habit and vibrant multi-coloured blooms which would root more easily and set less seed. 'Robmornrog' originated from the self-pollination of variety 'Patriot Desert Sun' which was conducted in 1997. The resulting seedling population was grown in 1998 and after subsequent evaluation and testing 'Robmornrog' was selected.

Tests & Trials: The test and trial for 'Robmornrog' was conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2005 at Variety Rights Management in Oxford Station, Ontario. The trial included 10 plants of each variety. The plants were grown in 15 cm pots spaced 20 cm apart. All colour characteristics were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart and measured characteristics were based on ten plant measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Robmornrog' with reference variety 'Patriot Firewagon'

Plant height (cm)

  'Robmornrog' 'Patriot Firewagon'
mean 18.78 25.11
std. deviation 2.23 4.62

Inflorescence diameter (cm)

  'Robmornrog' 'Patriot Firewagon'
mean 4.16 4.95
std. deviation 0.35 0.19

Floret colour (RHS)

  'Robmornrog' 'Patriot Firewagon'
upon opening 21A/B changing to 32A/B 17A/B changing to 23A/24A
at maturity 46B/C/D 33A

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Lantana: 'Robmornrog' (left) with reference variety 'Patriot Firewagon' (right)

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