Denomination: 'Zonawite'
Trade name: Fidelity L White
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: 05-5164
Date Withdrawn: 2007-11-28

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Glacis' (Patriot White) and 'Fisroweiss' (Rocky Mountain White '06)

Summary: 'Zonawite' differs from the reference varieties, 'Glacis' and 'Fisroweiss' mainly in plant size, waviness of the leaf margin and inflorescence diameter. The plants of 'Zonawite' are shorter and narrower than both reference varieties. The leaf margin of 'Zonawite' has medium waviness whereas it is weak in both reference varieties. The inflorescence diameter of 'Zonawite' is smaller than both reference varieties.


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

LEAF: medium length, medium width, open base
MARGIN: bicrenate, lobing present, shallow incisions, medium waviness
UPPER SIDE: dense pubescence, medium green, no variegation
LEAF ZONE: very weak, green, normal position
PETIOLE: medium length, dense pubescence

INFLORESCENCE: white colour group, medium number per plant, small to medium diameter
PEDUNCLE: medium to long, dense pubescence, no anthocyanin colouration
FLORET: bud elliptic, semi-double, medium diameter, medium number of petals, margin entire
UPPER PETAL: narrow to medium in width, whiter than RHS 155D on upper and lower sides, no petal markings
LOWER PETAL: medium in width, whiter than RHS 155D on upper and lower sides, no markings
PEDICEL: short to medium length, dense pubescence, green on middle third, no swelling
SEPAL: dense pubescence, green

Origin & Breeding History: 'Zonawite' originated from a controlled pollination made in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands in 2001. The female parent, identified as number 250 was crossed by a mixture of pollen from several selected male plants. A single seedling was selected in April 2002 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 'Zonawite' 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 'Zonawite' with reference varieties 'Glacis' and 'Fisroweiss'

Plant height(cm)

  'Zonawite' 'Glacis' 'Fisroweiss'
mean 20.0 26.5 25.1
std. deviation 2.27 2.46 2.55

Plant width (cm)

  'Zonawite' 'Glacis' 'Fisroweiss'
mean 26.8 30.4 29.7
std. deviation 2.29 2.68 0.83

Inflorescence diameter(cm)

  'Zonawite' 'Glacis' 'Fisroweiss'
mean 8.4 10.4 8.9
std. deviation 0.44 1.10 0.76

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Pelargonium: 'Zonawite' (left) with reference varieties 'Glacis' (centre) and 'Fisroweiss' (right)

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Pelargonium: 'Zonawite' (left) with reference varieties 'Glacis' (centre) and 'Fisroweiss' (right)

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