Bottle Rocket

Ligularia

Denomination: 'Bottle Rocket'
Botanical Name: Ligularia stenocephala
Applicant/Holder: Walters Gardens, Inc.
1992 96th Avenue
P.O. Box 137
Zeeland, Michigan
49464-0137
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
Canada
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2011-05-05
Application Number: 11-7287

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Little Rocket'

Summary: The plants of 'Bottle Rocket' are shorter than the plants of 'Little Rocket'. The colour of the stem of 'Bottle Rocket' is medium green whereas the stem of 'Little Rocket' is dark purple red. The disc of 'Bottle Rocket' is larger in diameter than the disc of 'Little Rocket'. The colour of the anther of 'Bottle Rocket' is medium yellow whereas the anther of 'Little Rocket' is brown.

Description:

PLANT: two inflorescences
STEM: round shape in cross-section, medium green, strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration, pubescent
SHEATH: medium green lower side, entire margin, pubescent

PETIOLE: very dark purple red basal and distal part, pubescent
LEAF BLADE: cordate shape, medium degree of lobing, dark green on upper side, weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration at margin, weak rugosity, pubescent, dentate margin, purple red veins

PEDICEL: dark green, pubescent
BRACTS: medium green, strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration, pubescent on lower side
BRACTEOLE: dark green, strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration
INVOLUCRE: dark green, no pubescence
RAY FLORET: five per flower, yellow (RHS 7A)
TUBULAR FLOWER: yellow orange (RHS 13A)
ANTHER: medium yellow
STYLE: medium yellow

Origin & Breeding History: 'Bottle Rocket' was discovered as a whole plant, naturally occurring mutation of the Ligularia variety 'Little Rocket'. It was selected during the summer of 2006 for its shorter plant growth habit and more compact form in comparison to 'Little Rocket'.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Bottle Rocket' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 2011/3100, purchased from the Community Plant Variety Office, in Angers, France. The trial was conducted by Naktuinbouw, in Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands, in 2013. The colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.


Comparison tables for 'Bottle Rocket' with reference variety 'Little Rocket'

Plant height (cm)

  'Bottle Rocket' 'Little Rocket'
approximate mean 60 110

Disc diameter (mm)

  'Bottle Rocket' 'Little Rocket'
approximate mean 7 5

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Bottle Rocket
Ligularia: 'Bottle Rocket'

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Bottle Rocket
Ligularia: Reference variety, 'Little Rocket'

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