Oriental Poppy

Denomination: 'Sunset'
Botanical Name: Papaver orientale
Applicant/Holder: Future Plants Licentie B.V.
Turfspoor 53A
2165 AW
Breeder: Hubertus Gerardus Oudshoorn, Rijpwetering, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2005-04-26
Application Number: 05-4800
Grant of Rights Date: 2011-12-12
Certificate Number: 4248
Date rights surrendered: 2015-12-12

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Mandarin' and 'Allegro'

Summary: The leaf blade of 'Sunset' is shorter than the leaf blade of 'Mandarin' and longer and wider than the leaf blade of 'Allegro'. The flower of 'Sunset' is smaller in diameter than the flowers of the reference varieties. The upper side of the petal is red for 'Sunset' while it is orange red for 'Mandarin' and 'Allegro'. The petal of 'Sunset' has a black blotch present while the petal of 'Mandarin' has no petal blotch. The petal of 'Sunset' is narrower than the petal of 'Mandarin'.


PLANT: bushy-rounded growth habit, sparse branching
STEM: medium green, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration, absent or very weak glaucosity, medium to dense pubescence

LEAF: alternate and rosette arrangement, simple, oblanceolate, acute apex, lobed margin, medium to dense pubescence on upper side, medium green on upper side

PEDUNCLE: absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration

FLOWER: one short flowering period, early time of flowering, simple type, terminal in position, erect attitude
PETAL: overlapping to very overlapping, few in number, reniform shape, upper side red (RHS 34A - 33A), lower side red (RHS 33A), band type petal blotch present, blotch black (RHS 202A), sinuate incisions present
FILAMENT: violet
ANTHER: violet to blackish.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Sunset' was discovered and selected by the breeder in Rijpwetering, The Netherlands in 2001. The objective of the breeding program was to create new poppy varieties with improved form and improved floral traits.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Sunset' were conducted during the summer of 2010 in Oxford Station, Ontario. Ten plants of the candidate variety, eleven plants of the reference 'Mandarin' and seven plants of the reference variety 'Allegro' were grown in field plots. Plants were spaced approximately 45 cm apart within the row and rows were spaced one metre apart. Observations and measurements were taken on ten plants of the candidate variety and the reference variety 'Mandarin' and seven plants of the reference 'Allegro'. Colours were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Sunset' with reference varieties 'Mandarin' and 'Allegro'

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Sunset' 'Mandarin' 'Allegro'
mean 32.43 37.14 23.50
std. deviation 2.15 2.04 2.69

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Sunset' 'Mandarin' 'Allegro'
mean 13.83 14.07 10.50
std. deviation 1.47 1.30 1.26

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Sunset' 'Mandarin' 'Allegro'
mean 8.83 10.79 10.64
std. deviation 0.47 0.70 0.85

Colour of petal (RHS)

  'Sunset' 'Mandarin' 'Allegro'
upper side 34A-33A 33B 30A
lower side 33A 33B 30A

Petal width (cm)

  'Sunset' 'Mandarin' 'Allegro'
mean 6.93 9.00 7.50
std. deviation 0.60 0.92 0.50

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Oriental Poppy: 'Sunset'

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Oriental Poppy: Reference variety 'Mandarin'

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Oriental Poppy: Reference variety 'Allegro'

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