Denomination: 'Zowit'
Trade name: Fidelity XL 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: 05-5169
Date Withdrawn: 2007-11-28

Variety Description

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

Summary: 'Zowit' differs from the reference varieties, 'Glacis' and 'Fisroweiss' mainly in leaf size, waviness of the leaf margin and upper petal width. The leaves of 'Zowit' are longer and wider than those of 'Fisroweiss'. The leaf margin of 'Zowit' has medium to strong waviness whereas it is weak in both reference varieties. The upper petals of 'Zowit' are wider than both reference varieties.


PLANT: upright 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 to broad, open base
MARGIN: bicrenate, lobing present, shallow incisions, medium to strong waviness
UPPER SIDE: dense pubescence, light to medium green, no variegation
LEAF ZONE: weak, green, normal position
PETIOLE: medium length, dense pubescence

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

Origin & Breeding History: 'Zowit' originated from a controlled pollination made in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands in 2000, between two unidentified white parents. 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 'Zowit' 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 'Zowit' with reference varieties 'Glacis' and 'Fisroweiss'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Zowit' 'Glacis' 'Fisroweiss'
mean 3.8 3.6 3.2
std. deviation 0.27 0.28 0.21

Leaf width (cm)

  'Zowit' 'Glacis' 'Fisroweiss'
mean 6.3 5.8 5.5
std. deviation 0.37 0.27 0.18

Upper petal width (cm)

  'Zowit' 'Glacis' 'Fisroweiss'
mean 2.4 1.9 1.8
std. deviation 0.07 0.10 0.07

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

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

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