Denomination: 'Zoroweye'
Trade name: Fidelity XL Rose with Eye
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: 05-5166
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-11-28
Certificate Number: 3066
Date rights surrendered: 2008-12-18

Variety Description

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

Summary: 'Zoroweye' differs from the reference variety, 'Fip 749', mainly in colour and conspicuousness of the zone on the upper side of the leaf, anthocyanin colouration of the peduncle and flower colour. The reddish brown zone on the upper side of the leaf of 'Zoroweye' is medium in conspicuousness whereas it is green and very weak on 'Fip 749'. The peduncles of 'Zoroweye' have weak to medium intensity of anthocyanin colouration whereas it is medium to strong in 'Fip 749'. The petals of 'Zoroweye' are deeper purple red than those of 'Fip 749' which are more blue red. The white zone at the base of the lower petal of 'Zoroweye' is small whereas it is medium in size in 'Fip 749'.


PLANT: upright to intermediate growth habit, medium to tall, medium to broad in width, medium number of branches
STEM: green, medium thickness, dense pubescence

LEAF: medium to long, medium in width, open base
MARGIN: bicrenate, lobing present, shallow to medium depth of incisions, strong to very strong waviness
UPPER SIDE: dense pubescence, medium green, no variegation
LEAF ZONE: medium conspicuousness, reddish brown, normal position
PETIOLE: medium length, dense pubescence

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

Origin & Breeding History: 'Zoroweye' originated from a controlled pollination made in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands in 2001. The female parent, identified as 1186 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 'Zoroweye' 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 'Zoroweye' with reference variety 'Fip 749'

Colour of upper petal (RHS)

  'Zoroweye' 'Fip 749'
margin N66B 73A with N74B tones
middle 67C 73A
base N155B with tones of N74D N155B
markings 67C N66D
lower side N66C-D 75B-C

Colour of lower petal (RHS)

  'Zoroweye' 'Fip 749'
margin N66B 73A with N74B tones
middle 67C more purple than 73A
lower side pinker than 75C-D, N66D at margin 75C-D

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

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