Denomination: 'Zolavy'
Trade name: Fidelity XL Lavender with Eye
Botanical Name: Pelargonium ×hortorum
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Seeds B.V.
P.O. Box 2
1600 AA
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: 05-5138
Date Withdrawn: 2007-11-28

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Fip 765' (Tango Lavender)

Summary: The main colour on the upper side of the leaf blade for 'Zolavy' is medium green while it is dark green for 'Fip 765'. 'Zolavy' has a more conspicuousness leaf zone than 'Fip 765'. 'Zolavy' has weak anthocyanin colouration on the peduncle while it is strong for 'Fip 765'. 'Zolavy' has a single type floret with fewer petals than the semi-double florets of 'Fip 765'. The upper and lower petals of 'Zolavy' are a lighter blue pink than the petals of 'Fip 765'. The middle third of the pedicel is light red for Zolavy' while it is a medium to dark red for 'Fip 765'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, short to medium height, medium width, low to medium number of branches
STEM: green, medium thickness, dense pubescence

LEAF BLADE: medium to long, medium to broad, wide open to open base, lobing present
MARGIN: bicrenate, shallow incisions, medium waviness
UPPER SIDE: dense pubescence, medium green, no variegation
LEAF ZONE: normal position, weak to medium conspicuousness, reddish brown
PETIOLE: medium length, dense pubescence

INFLORESCENCE: pink colour group, low to medium number per plant, medium diameter
PEDUNCLE: medium length, dense pubescence, weak anthocyanin colouration
FLORET: elliptic bud, single, small to medium diameter, low to medium number of petals, margin entire
UPPER PETAL: narrow to medium width, upper side light blue pink with very weak blue pink striped markings and large white zone at base, lower side white with blue pink at margin edge
LOWER PETAL: medium width, upper side light blue pink with no markings and small white zone at base, lower side white with blue pink at the margin edge
PEDICEL: medium length, dense pubescence, light red on middle third, no swelling
SEPAL: dense pubescence, green with red at base

Origin & Breeding History: 'Zolavy' originated from a controlled pollination conducted in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands in 1999. The female parent, identified as H2157-2 was crossed by the male parent, identified as TO66. A single seedling was selected in April 2000 and propagated by cuttings. The new pelargonium was tested one year later at greenhouse and field performance trials in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands and evaluated for criteria including earliness, good branching, good and stable flower colour, flower size, rich and continuous flowering and resistance against Botrytis. In the same year it was tested in Sarrians, Southern France for heat resistance and resistance to drought stress.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Zolavy' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2006 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 15 plants per variety. Rooted cuttings were planted into 10 cm pots on May 1, 2006 and were 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 'Zolavy' with reference variety 'Fip 765'

Number of petals

  'Zolavy' 'Fip 765'
mean 5.8 9.0

Colour of upper petal (RHS)

  'Zolavy' 'Fip 765'
margin -upper side lighter than 68B N74C-D
middle - upper side lighter than 68B N74C-D
lower side white with 68B at margin white with N74C at margin

Colour of lower petal (RHS)

  'Zolavy' 'Fip 765'
margin - upper side lighter than 68B N74C
middle - upper side lighter than 68B N74C
lower side white with 68B at margin white with N74C at margin

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Pelargonium: 'Zolavy' (left) with reference variety 'Fip 765' (right)

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