Denomination: 'Zonadarowite'
Trade name: Fidelity L Dark Rose 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: 05-5156
Date Withdrawn: 2007-11-28

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Fip 749' (Tango Lavender Pink)

Summary: 'Zonadarowite' has a more conspicuous leaf zone than 'Fip 749'. 'Zonadarowite' has weaker anthocyanin on the peduncle than 'Fip 749'. 'Zonadarowite' differs from 'Fip 749' in the colour of the upper and lower petal. 'Zonadarowite' has lighter red pedicels than 'Fip 749'.


PLANT: upright to intermediate growth habit, medium height, medium width, medium 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 to medium incisions, medium waviness
UPPER SIDE: dense pubescence, light to medium green, no variegation
LEAF ZONE: weak to medium, normal position, reddish brown
PETIOLE: medium length, dense pubescence

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

Origin & Breeding History: 'Zonadarowite' originated from a controlled pollination made in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands in 2000. The female parent, identified as T023 was crossed by the male parent, identified as J2221-4. 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 'Zonadarowite' 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 'Zonadarowite' with reference variety 'Fip 749'

Colour upper petal (RHS)

  'Zonadarowite' 'Fip 749'
margin - upper side N66A (more purple than) 73A with N74B tones
middle - upper side N66B (more purple than) 73A with N74B tones
base - upper side N155B N155B
lower side N66D and paler, N66C at margin 75B-C

Colour of lower petal (RHS)

  'Zonadarowite' 'Fip 749'
margin - upper side N74A (more pink than) 73A with N74B tones
middle - upper side N74A-B (more pink than) 73A (more purple than)
lower side N74C-D (more pink than) 75C-D

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Pelargonium: 'Zonadarowite' (left) with reference variety 'Fip 749' (right)

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