Denomination: 'Sunphlopin'
Trade name: Astoria Pink
Botanical Name: Phlox drummondii
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Breeder: Kiyoshi Miyazaki, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-05-27
Application Number: 05-4914
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-06-08
Certificate Number: 2764
Date rights surrendered: 2009-06-26

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sunphlorome' (Astoria Pink White Star)

Summary: Sunphlopin' has a slightly smaller floret diameter than 'Sunphlorome'. The primary colour of the upper side of the flower petal of 'Sunphlopin' is blue pink while it is violet in 'Sunphlorome'. 'Sunphlopin' has a larger star shaped eye zone than 'Sunphlorome'. The eye zone of 'Sunphlopin' is purple red in colour surrounded by white while in 'Sunphlorome' the eye zone is purple in colour with alternating splashes of purple and white radiating from the base


PLANT: annual type, semi-upright growth habit, flowers early in the season

LEAF: subulate to lanceolate shape, glandular stickiness present, dense pubescence on upper side, medium to dense pubescence on the lower side, dark green colour

INFLORESCENCE: flat shaped, compound cyme type
FLORET: round shape, tricoloured (including eye), pink colour group
PETAL: cuspidate shaped apex, weak fringing of the margin, blue pink (RHS 67C) apical zone on upper side, white (RHS 155B) basal zone on upper side, star shaped eye that is dark purple red to purple red (RHS 59A-N66B), light blue violet (RHS 76D) apical zone on lower side, violet (RHS 75B) and white (RHS 155B) basal zone on lower side

Origin & Breeding History: In 1999, the female parent 9Ph-18a was crossed with the male parent 9Ph-18b at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken, Japan. In 2000, one seedling of this cross was selected based on its growth habit, flower size, flower colour and flowering time. In 2001, the variety was trialed in a greenhouse and field, at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken, Japan, where the botanical characteristics were examined.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2006 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Trials included 15 plants each of the candidate and reference variety. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants. All colour measurements were made using RHS colour chart 2001.

Comparison tables for 'Sunphlopin' with reference variety 'Sunphlorome'

Floret diameter (cm)

  'Sunphlopin' 'Sunphlorome'
mean 3.2 3.5
std. deviation 0.17 0.17

Petal colour (RHS)

  'Sunphlopin' 'Sunphlorome'
upper apical zone 67C N78A-B
upper basal zone N66B surrounded by 155B splashes of N74A with radiating 155A
eye zone 59A darker than N74A
lower apical zone 76D with pinker than 75B in margin area 76D with 72B in margin area
lower basal zone 75B with 155B 76D with N155B

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Phlox: 'Sunphlopin' (left) with reference variety 'Sunphlorome' (right)

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Phlox: 'Sunphlopin' (left) with reference variety 'Sunphlorome' (right)

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