|Trade name:||Astoria Lilac|
|Botanical Name:||Phlox drummondii|
Suntory Flowers Limited
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Kazunari Iwaki, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
|Agent in Canada:||
38723 Fingal Line
St. Thomas, Ontario
Variety used for comparison: 'Sunphlopin' (Astoria Pink)
Summary: The plants of 'Sunphlorai' are taller with larger diameter cymes than those of 'Sunphlopin'. The petals of 'Sunphlorai' have a broad acute apex while those of 'Sunphlopin' have a cuspidate apex. 'Sunphlorai' differs from 'Sunphlopin' in the colour of the upper and lower sides of the petals.
PLANT: annual, bushy to rounded growth habit
LEAF BLADE: lanceolate, glandular stickiness present, dense pubescence on upper side, weak pubescence on lower side, light green on upper side
CYME: dome shaped, compound type
FLORET: round shaped, tricolour, purple colour group
PETAL: broad acute apex, eye pattern present, violet (RHS 77D) fading to light blue violet (RHS 84C) on upper side, violet (RHS N78B) eye with white at base on upper side, light blue violet (RHS 76D) to white on lower side, overlapping
PETAL MARGIN: weak fringe
Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunphlorai' originated from a cross of the female parent '2Ph-54a' and the male parent '2Ph54b' conducted in June 2002, at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken, Japan. The seedlings obtained from the cross were grown in pots in a glasshouse and evaluated. In May 2004, one seedling was selected based on its growth habit, flower size and flower colour. This new phlox variety was named 'Sunphlorai'.
Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Sunphlorai' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2009 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Trials included 15 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 15 cm pots on April 2, 2009. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on May 28, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.
Comparison tables for 'Sunphlorai' with reference variety 'Sunphlopin'
Plant height (cm)
Cyme diamter (cm)
Colour of petal (RHS)
|upper side||77D fading to 84C||73A|
|marking on upper side||lighter than N78B with white at base||60B with white at base|
|lower side||lighter than 76D to white||69C-D with N66D at margin|
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