Whip Ablos


Denomination: 'Whip Ablos'
Trade name: Whispers Apple Blossom
Botanical Name: Petunia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Mitchell Hanes, Goldsmith Seeds, Inc., Morgan Hill, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2002-11-21
Application Number: 02-3361
Grant of Rights Date: 2004-09-21
Certificate Number: 1942
Date rights surrendered: 2014-09-21

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Sunpimo' (Surfinia Baby Pinkmorn) and 'Conlilac' (Supertunia Mini Lilac)

Summary: 'Whip Ablos' has a more upright growth habit with shorter shoots than'Sunpimo' and 'Conlilac'. The leaf of 'Whip Ablos' is narrower than 'Sunpimo' and 'Conlilac'. 'Whip Ablos' has a slightly longer sepal than 'Sunpimo' and 'Conlilac'. The corolla diameter of 'Whip Ablos' is slightly larger than 'Conlilac' but slightly smaller than 'Sunpimo'. 'Whip Ablos' has a lighter pink corolla colour than 'Sunpimo' and 'Conlilac' and has a secondary darker pink colour found between the lobes and along the margin. The undulation of the corolla margin is weaker in 'Whip Ablos' than 'Sunpimo' and 'Conlilac'.


'Whip Ablos' is a short petunia variety with an upright growth habit. The shoots are short to medium with no anthocyanin present. The leaves are medium green, ovate in shape with a narrow acute apex. There is no variegation on the leaf blade. The sepals are linear to lanceolate in shape with no anthocyanin present. 'Whip Ablos' produces single, funnelform, light pink flowers. The corolla has weak lobing and undulation of the margin with weak conspicuousness of the veins on the upper side. The corolla lobe apex is rounded. The inside of the corolla tube is light blue-violet to light green at the base, and has veins of medium to strong conspicuousness. Anther colour is a yellowish white.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Whip Ablos' was developed by the breeder Mitchell Hanes of Goldsmith Seeds Inc., Gilroy, California, USA, as part of a planned breeding program. 'Whip Ablos' originated from a cross made in February 2000 with proprietary hybrid '00-382-1' as the female parent and the proprietary hybrid '00-341-1' as the male parent. Both parents have pink flowers. The F1 seed was sown in a greenhouse in April 2000, and in June 2000 a single plant was selected based on flower colour, form and plant habit.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Whip Ablos' were conducted in a polyhouse at BioFlora Inc., St. Thomas, Ontario during the summer of 2003. The trials included 15 plants of each variety. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 15cm pots on April 25, 2003 (week 17). All colour measurements were made using RHS colour chart 2001. Unless otherwise indicated measured characteristics were based on ten measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Whip Ablos' with reference varieties 'Sunpimo' and 'Conlilac'

Shoot length (cm)

  'Whip Ablos' 'Sunpimo' 'Conlilac'
mean 33.7 47.2 47.7
std. deviation 2.111 9.953 3.234

Leaf width (cm)

  'Whip Ablos' 'Sunpimo' 'Conlilac'
mean 1.90 2.64 2.45
std. deviation 0.231 0.384 0.299

Sepal length (mm)

  'Whip Ablos' 'Sunpimo' 'Conlilac'
mean 18.3 15.9 14.6
std. deviation 2.103 1.101 0.843

Diameter of corolla (mm)

  'Whip Ablos' 'Sunpimo' 'Conlilac'
mean 50.7 55.7 46.1
std. deviation 3.268 4.423 1.912

Colour of corolla lobe on inner side (RHS)

  'Whip Ablos' 'Sunpimo' 'Conlilac'
main 69B-75C 75B with tones as dark as 73A 84B with tones as dark as N78B, as pale as 76D
secondary 73A margins, N74D between lobes N/A N/A

Colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'Whip Ablos' 'Sunpimo' 'Conlilac'
outer side 69D 76C-D, pinker near margins closer to 75C 76D
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