Denomination: 'Sunsurfmomo'
Trade name: Surfinia Candy Cane
Botanical Name: Petunia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Tel: +81-3-5419-1382

Keisei Rose Nurseries Inc.
1-12-1 Oshiage
Breeder: Kazunari Iwaki, Shiga, Japan
Takuro Ishihara, Tokyo, Japan
Shinya Miyano, Chiba-ken, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2006-07-25
Application Number: 06-5562
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-08-29
Certificate Number: 3333
Date rights surrendered: 2010-08-17

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Sunsurflala' (Surfinia Lavender Lace) and 'Sunbapive' (Surfinia Baby Pink Veined)

Summary: 'Sunsurfmomo' is a petunia variety which differs from 'Sunbapive' in main flower colour and from 'Sunsurflala' in the colour of the veins on the corolla. The inner side of the corolla tube in 'Sunsurfmomo' is white, whereas the corolla tube of 'Sunsurflala' is nearly black and the corolla tube of 'Sunbapive' is violet. The veins on the inner side of the corolla tube are strongly conspicuous in 'Sunsurfmomo', moderately conspicuous in 'Sunsurflala' and weakly to moderately conspicuous in 'Sunbapive'.


PLANT: creeping growth habit, broad width

SHOOT: thin to medium thickness, medium to long, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration

LEAF: short to medium, medium to broad width, elliptic, acute apex, no variegation, medium to dark green upper side, no blistering, very short to short petiole

SEPAL: medium length, narrow, linear, no anthocyanin colouration

FLOWER: medium length pedicel, single, medium diameter, funnelform
COROLLA: medium to strong lobing, light blue violet on upper side and lower side, veins purple and strongly conspicuous, medium undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: medium length, white on inner side, veins violet and strongly conspicuous
ANTHER: yellowish white before and after pollen dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Sunsurfmomo' originated from a cross between the variety 'Polo Velvet' as the female parent and the variety 'P55h' as the male parent. The cross was conducted in August 2001, at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken, Japan. In April 2002, 135 seedlings were obtained from the cross. The seedlings were grown in pots in a glasshouse and evaluated. In August 2002, one seedling was selected for its growth habit, flower size and colour. The selected plant was propagated by cuttings and grown in pots, and then evaluated in a trial from April to September 2003. The plants were found to be distinct, uniform and stable in their characteristics and the new variety was named 'Sunsurfmomo'.

Tests & Trials: The trials for 'Sunsurfmomo' were conducted during the spring of 2007, in a polyhouse in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trials consisted of a total of 15 plants of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings planted into 15cm pots on April 24, 2007. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 5, 2007. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Sunsurfmomo' with reference varieties 'Sunsurflala' and 'Sunbapive'

Main colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Sunsurfmomo' 'Sunsurflala' 'Sunbapive'
upper side pinker than 76B-C 69D 75B-C
lower side 85D 69D 75C-D

Colour of veins on corolla (RHS)

  'Sunsurfmomo' 'Sunsurflala' 'Sunbapive'
upper side 71C to N74A N78A N66B with N74A tones

Colour of corolla tube (RHS)

  'Sunsurfmomo' 'Sunsurflala' 'Sunbapive'
inner side 155A (background) N186A (veins) N81B (veins)

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Petunia: 'Sunsurfmomo' (left) with reference varieties 'Sunsurflala' (centre) and 'Sunbapive' (right)

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Petunia: 'Sunsurfmomo' (left) with reference varieties 'Sunsurflala' (centre) and 'Sunbapive' (right)

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