Denomination: 'Fisroccal'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'Fit 555'
Trade name: Rocky Mountain Coral
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: 2004-07-12
Application Number: 04-4302
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-01-23
Certificate Number: 2668
Date rights surrendered: 2010-01-22

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Fissalm' (Rocky Mountain Salmon)

Summary: Conspicuousness of the zone on the upper side of the leaf blade is weak to moderate for 'Fisroccal' while it is medium to strong for 'Fissalm'. Colour of the middle of the upper side of the lower petal is red pink for 'Fisroccal' while it is dark pink red for 'Fissalm'.


'Fisroccal' is a pelargonium variety with medium to tall plants which are broad. The stems are medium in thickness and green. The leaf blade is medium in length to long and broad with an open to closed base. Degree of lobing of the leaf blade is moderate. The upper side of the leaf blade is medium green with no variegation. There is a weakly to moderately conspicuous, reddish brown zone on the upper side of the leaf blade. The incisions of the leaf blade margin are bicrenate and shallow. Undulation of the margin is weak to moderate.

'Fisrocccal' begins flowering early and produces a few to moderate number of inflorescences. The inflorescences are large in diameter and the peduncles are medium in length to long. The number of open flowers per inflorescence is large to very large. The diameter of the largest flower is small to medium and the length of the longest pedicel is medium. The pedicel is light red with no swelling. The flower buds are elliptic in shape. The flowers are semi-double type with 6-10 petals per flower. The petal margin is entire. The width of the upper petal is broad. The upper side of the upper petal is dark pink red and the lower side is light red pink with a lighter center. There is no white zone at the base of the upper petal. The petal markings on the upper petal are very weak to weak stripes and a macule. Both the upper and lower sides of the lower petal are red pink however, the lower side has a lighter center. The petal marking on the lower petal is a very weak macule. The upper side of the inner petal is red pink and there are no petal markings.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Fisroccal' (breeder designation 'Fit 555') originated from a hybridization conducted in Hillscheid, Germany in 2000. The female parent was variety 'FIP 440' with orange flowers and vigorous plant growth habit and the male parent was variety 'Nobila' with orange flowers and medium plant size. The first selection occurred in Galdar, Gran Canaria, Spain in 2001and in 2002, cuttings from the selected seedling were taken back to Hillscheid for further selection and trial cultivation. 'Fisroccal' was selected for its flower colour and inflorescence size in combination with vigorous plant growth.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, grant number PEL 1983, purchased from the Bundessortenamt in Hannover, Germany. The trials were conducted in 2005. All colour characteristics were determined using the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart, 2001 edition.

Comparison table for 'Fisroccal' with reference variety 'Fissalm'

Colour of middle of lower petal (RHS)

  'Fisroccal' 'Fissalm'
upper side 52C 47C

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Pelargonium: Variety 'Fisroccal'

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