Fislada

Pelargonium

Denomination: 'Fislada'
Trade name: Contessa Rose
Botanical Name: Pelargonium peltatum
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Basel
4058
Switzerland
Breeder: Angelika Utecht, Montabaur, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Canada
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2007-03-30
Application Number: 07-5815
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-08-27
Certificate Number: 3919
Date rights surrendered: 2014-07-11

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Free Pink Two' (Freestyle Pink)

Summary: The plants of 'Fislada' are narrower than those of 'Free Pink Two'. The upper petals of 'Fislada' have a purple marking with medium conspicuousness while those of 'Free Pink Two' have a purple red marking with weak conspicuousness. 'Fislada' has longer pedicels than 'Free Pink Two'. The pedicels of 'Fislada' are medium red on the middle third while those of 'Free Pink Two' are green.

Description:

PLANT: intermediate growth habit, medium number of branches
STEM: green, thin, sparse pubescence

LEAF BLADE: open to closed base, medium degree of lobing
LEAF MARGIN: entire, medium depth of incisions, strong waviness
UPPER SIDE OF LEAF BLADE: absent or very sparse pubescence, medium green
LEAF ZONE: present, weak conspicuousness, normal position, reddish brown
PETIOLE: very sparse pubescence

PEDUNCLE: sparse pubescence, no anthocyanin colouration
INFLORESCENCE: pink colour group
PEDICEL: sparse pubescence, medium red middle third, no swelling
SEPAL: sparse pubescence, green with some red
FLOWER BUD: elliptic
FLOWER: semi-double, petals overlapping, entire margin
UPPER PETAL: purple red (RHS N66A-B) margin and middle of upper side, purple red (RHS 58C) base of upper side, striped and macule markings present, medium conspicuousness of markings, purple (RHS 64A-B) marking, small white zone at base present, red (RHS 58C) on lower side
LOWER PETAL: purple red (RHS N66A-B) margin and middle of upper side, no markings, small white zone at base present, purple red (RHS 58C) lower side

Origin & Breeding History: 'Fislada' originated from a hybridization between the female parent variety 'Colorcade Coral Pink' and the male parent variety 'Fislina' conducted in the summer of 2003 in Hillscheid, Germany. The seed from the cross were sown and the new variety was selected as one seedling within the offspring in April 2004 at Galdar, Gran Canaria, Spain. Cuttings from the selected seedling were sent back to Hillscheid for further selection and trial cultivation starting in the spring of 2005. 'Fislada' was selected based on flower colour, foliage, plant growth habit, heat tolerance and the possibility of replacing the variety 'Fislamda'.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Fislada' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2009 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Trials included 20 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings transplanted into 30 cm hanging baskets on April 24, 2009. Each basket contained 4 cuttings with a total of 5 baskets per variety. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 17, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.


Comparison tables for 'Fislada' with reference variety 'Free Pink Two'

Plant width (cm)

  'Fislada' 'Free Pink Two'
mean 37.2 53.2
std. deviation 5.50 5.89

Colour of upper petal (RHS)

  'Fislada' 'Free Pink Two'
marking 64A-B N74B with N66A

Pedicel length (cm)

  'Fislada' 'Free Pink Two'
mean 2.7 2.0
std. deviation 0.32 0.22

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Pelargonium: 'Fislada' (left) with reference variety 'Free Pink Two' (right)

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Pelargonium: 'Fislada' (left) with reference variety 'Free Pink Two' (right)

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Pelargonium: 'Fislada' (left) with reference variety 'Free Pink Two' (right)

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