Denomination: 'Gravio'
Trade name: Graffiti Violet
Botanical Name: Pelargonium ×hortorum
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Angelika Utecht, Montabaur, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2007-03-30
Application Number: 07-5818
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-01-27
Certificate Number: 3750
Date rights surrendered: 2012-01-16

Variety Description


PLANT: medium to tall, broad, medium number of inflorescences
STEM: green, medium thickness

LEAF BLADE: long, broad, strong to very strong degree of lobing, wide open to open base
LEAF MARGIN: serrate, shallow to medium depth of incisions, weak to medium undulation
UPPER SIDE OF BLADE: medium green, no variegation
LEAF ZONE: reddish brown zone on upper side, very strong conspicuousness of zone

PEDUNCLE: medium to long
FLOWER BUD: asymmetric
INFLORESCENCE: medium diameter, large to very large number of open flowers
FLOWER: small to medium diameter of largest flower, single, no overlapping of petals, divided petal margin, flowering begins mid-season
UPPER PETAL: very narrow to narrow, purple red (RHS N57A) margin and middle of upper side, purple red (RHS 58B) on lower side, stripe markings, very weak to weak conspicuousness of markings, no white zone at base
LOWER PETAL: purple red (RHS N66A) margin and middle on upper side, purple red (RHS N66B) on lower side, stripe markings, very weak conspicuousness of markings
PEDICEL: medium length of longest pedicel, dark red in middle third, swelling present

Origin & Breeding History: 'Gravio' originated from a hybridization between the female parent 'Grasalm' and the male parent 'K00-5693-12', conducted in the summer of 2003, in Hillscheid, Germany. The seeds of the resultant offspring were taken to Galdar, Gran Canaria, Spain were 'Gravio' was selected as a single seedling in April 2004. Cuttings from 'Gravio' were taken back to Hillscheid for further examination and for the trial cultivation which began in the spring of 2005. 'Gravio' was selected based on flower colour and plant growth habit.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Gravio' is based on the UPOV Report of Technical Examination, application number PEL 2246, purchased from the Bundessortenamt, Hannover, Germany. The trials were conducted by the Bundessortenamt in Hannover Germany in 2008. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

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Pelargonium: 'Gravio'

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