Denomination: 'Fisrovio'
Trade name: Rocky Mountain Violet
Botanical Name: Pelargonium ×hortorum
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Angelika Utecht, Montabaur, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2000-12-21
Application Number: 00-2495
Grant of Rights Date: 2003-02-21
Certificate Number: 1418
Date rights surrendered: 2016-02-21

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Designer Violet'

Summary: 'Fisrovio' produces larger plants with more narrow leaves than 'Designer Violet'. 'Fisrovio' produces a larger inflorescence with florets that have fewer petals than those of 'Designer Violet'. The longer peduncle of 'Fisrovio' is mainly green while it is reddish for 'Designer Violet'. Both 'Fisrovio' and 'Designer Violet' have red-violet flower colour, however, for 'Fisrovio' it is a lighter, less brilliant shade. Markings on the upper petals for 'Fisrovio' are moderately conspicuous while for 'Designer Violet' they are weakly conspicuous.


'Fisrovio' is a zonal pelargonium variety. 'Fisrovio' has an intermediate growth habit and green stems. The leaf blade shape is type one with an open base and bi-crenate margins. The leaves are medium green in colour with no variegation. The leaf zone, located in a normal position, is weakly conspicuous.

Time of beginning of flowering for 'Fisrovio' is mid-season. 'Fisrovio' produces red-violet coloured inflorescences. The flower bud is elliptic in shape and the florets are semi-double. The petal margin is entire. Width of the upper petals is medium in size. There is no white zone at the base of the upper petals. There are moderately conspicuous macule (spotted) markings on the upper petals and no markings on the lower and inner petals. The middle third of the pedicel is light red in colour. There is no swelling of the pedicel.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Fisrovio' originated from a hybridization between the female parent, hybrid seedling no. 876-2, and the male parent, hybrid seedling no. 998-6, made in Galdar, Gran Canaria, Spain in 1995. One seedling within the offspring was selected in 1996. Cuttings from this selected seedling were taken to Hillscheid, Germany for further selection and trial cultivation in 1998.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Fisrovio' were conducted in a greenhouse during the spring/summer of 2001 in Langley, British Columbia. The trials included a minimum of ten plants per variety. All plants were grown from 6 week old rooted cuttings transplanted into 9 cm pots at 10 weeks using a 60:40 (peat : perlite) media mixture. At 16 weeks, the plants were repotted to 18 cm pots. Plants were spaced as needed to ensure uniform growth. Unless indicated otherwise, measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Fisrovio' with reference variety 'Designer Violet'

Plant height (cm)

  'Fisrovio' 'Designer Violet'
mean 32.6 29.0
std. deviation 3.58 3.08

Plant width (cm)

  'Fisrovio' 'Designer Violet'
mean 58.4 52.2
std. deviation 4.10 4.13

Leaf width (cm)

  'Fisrovio' 'Designer Violet'
mean 9.5 10.9
std. deviation 0.471 0.42

Diameter of inflorescence (cm)

  'Fisrovio' 'Designer Violet'
mean 12.2 10.4
std. deviation 0.224 0.55

Length of peduncle (cm)

  'Fisrovio' 'Designer Violet'
mean 24.8 19.0
std. deviation 1.79 0.71

Number of floret petals

  'Fisrovio' 'Designer Violet'
mean 7.8 12.4
std. deviation 1.03 1.84

Colour of upper petal (RHS)

  'Fisrovio' 'Designer Violet'
upper side-margin 66B to 74B 66A to 74A
upper side-middle 66B to 74B 66A to 74A
lower side 66B 74B

Colour of lower petal (RHS)

  'Fisrovio' 'Designer Violet'
upper side-margin 66B to 74B 66A to 74A
upper side-middle 66B to 74B 66A to 74A
lower side 74B to 74C 74B

Colour of inner petal (RHS)

  'Fisrovio' 'Designer Violet'
upper side-middle 66B 66A
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