Denomination: 'Zonadared'
Trade name: Fidelity L Dark Red
Botanical Name: Pelargonium ×hortorum
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: 05-5154
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-11-28
Certificate Number: 3076
Date rights surrendered: 2008-12-18

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Amri Dered' (Americana Deep Red)

Summary: 'Zonadared' has a shorter peduncle length than 'Amri Dered'. 'Zonadared' has very weak anthocyanin in the peduncle while 'Amri Dered' has medium anthocyanin. 'Zonadared' differs slightly in the colour of the upper petal from 'Amri Dered'. 'Zonadared' has a shorter pedicel length than 'Amri Dered'.


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

LEAF BLADE: medium length, narrow to medium width, wide open to open base
MARGIN: bicrenate, lobing present, shallow incisions, medium to strong waviness
UPPER SIDE: dense to very dense pubescence, medium green, no variegation
LEAF ZONE: medium to strong, normal position, reddish brown
PETIOLE: medium length, dense pubescence

INFLORESCENCE: red colour group, medium number per plant, medium to large diameter
PEDUNCLE: short to medium length, dense pubescence, very weak anthocyanin colouration
FLORET: bud elliptic, semi-double, small to medium diameter, medium number of petals, margin entire
UPPER PETAL: narrow to medium width, upper side red with weak striped markings and small white zone at base,
lower side red
LOWER PETAL: medium width, upper side bright red with no markings and small white zone at base, lower side dark pink red with orange tones
PEDICEL: medium length, dense pubescence, green on middle third, no swelling
SEPAL: dense pubescence, green with streaks of red at base

Origin & Breeding History: 'Zonadared' originated from a controlled pollination made in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands in 2000. The female parent, identified as T042 was crossed by the male parent, identified as J2242-1. A single seedling was selected in April 2001 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 'Zonadared' 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 'Zonadared' with reference variety 'Amri Dered'

Peduncle length (cm)

  'Zonadared' 'Amri Dered'
mean 10.1 14.5
std. deviation 1.50 1.58

Colour upper petal (RHS)

  'Zonadared' 'Amri Dered'
margin - upper side 43A 44B (brighter than)
middle - upper side 43A with tones of 46D 44B (brighter than)
base - upper side 43C 40A
lower side 43B-C 40A

Colour of lower petal (RHS)

  'Zonadared' 'Amri Dered'
margin - upper side 50A (brighter than) 44B (brighter than)
middle - upper side 50A (brighter than) 44B (brighter than)
lower side 52A (more orange than) 40A

Pedicel length (cm)

  'Zonadared' 'Amri Dered'
mean 2.5 3.2
std. deviation 0.22 0.40

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Pelargonium: 'Zonadared' (left) with reference variety 'Amri Dered' (right)

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