Denomination: 'Zopesachi'
Trade name: Fidelity Cascading L Salmon
Botanical Name: Pelargonium peltatum
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Theodorus C. M. van Kleinwee, Syngenta Seeds B.V., Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-11-14
Application Number: 05-5128
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-11-28
Certificate Number: 3057
Date rights surrendered: 2008-12-18

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Fiswipink' (Flair)

Summary: 'Zopesachi' has fewer branches and inflorescences than 'Fiswipink'. The leaf of 'Zopesachi' has no zone present while 'Fiswipink' does. 'Zopesachi' has a smaller floret diameter than 'Fiswipink'. The floret of 'Zopesachi' has more petals than 'Fiswipink'. 'Zopesachi' has a white zone at the base of the upper petal while 'Fiswipink' does not. The lower side of the petal of 'Zopesachi' is white to purple red while it is purple red and red pink in 'Fiswipink'.


PLANT: semi-spreading growth habit, short, medium width, few branches
STEM: thin, moderate pubescence, green

LEAF: short to medium length, narrow, open base, entire margin, medium degree of lobing present, medium incisions of the lobes, medium to strong waviness of margin, moderate pubescence on the upper side, medium green, no variegation, no zone at the base on upper side, short to medium length petiole, moderate pubescence on petiole

INFLORESCENCE: pink colour group, few per plant, small diameter, short peduncle, medium to dense pubescence on peduncle, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration of peduncle
FLORET: double type, medium to large diameter, elliptic bud shape, many to very many petals, entire petal margin
UPPER PETAL: very narrow to narrow, purple red, moderately conspicuous purple stripes present spreading out from base, small to medium sized white zone at base, white to purple red lower side
LOWER PETAL: narrow, purple red, small to medium sized white zone at base, white to purple red lower side
PEDICEL: short, moderate pubescence, middle third green and medium red, no swelling
SEPAL: moderate pubescence, green

Origin & Breeding History: 'Zopesachi' originated from a controlled pollination made in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands in 2001. The female parent, identified as 2139 was crossed by the male parent, a mix of pollen from several plants. The new variety was selected as a single seedling from the resultant progeny in April 2002. 'Zopesachi' was evaluated in greenhouse and field performance trials in April 2003 in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands for earliness, good branching, good and stable flower colour, flower size, rich and continuous flowering, and resistance against Botrytis. In that same year it was tested in Sarrians, South France, for heat resistance and resistance to drought stress.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Zopesachi' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2006 at St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 15 plants of the candidate and reference varieties. Rooted cuttings were planted into 10 cm pots on May 1, 2006 and then transplanted into 20 cm pots on June 26, 2006. Measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Zopesachi' with reference variety 'Fiswipink'

Inflorescence diameter (cm)

  'Zopesachi' 'Fiswipink'
mean 6.8 8.3
std. deviation 0.27 1.35

Diameter of largest floret (cm)

  'Zopesachi' 'Fiswipink'
mean 4.5 5.9
std. deviation 0.53 0.27

Colour of upper petal (RHS)

  'Zopesachi' 'Fiswipink'
margin - upper side 58C 61D
middle - upper side 58B-C 61D
base - upper side white with specks of 52C 52B
marking - upper side 61B 59B
lower side white - 55A-B 55B, 52C

Colour of lower petal (RHS)

  'Zopesachi' 'Fiswipink'
margin - upper side 58C 61D
middle - upper side 58B-C 61D
lower side white - 55A-B 55B, 52C

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Pelargonium: 'Zopesachi' (left) with reference variety 'Fiswipink' (right)

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