Strawflower / Paper Daisy

Denomination: 'Flobrabla'
Trade name: Sundaze Blaze
Botanical Name: Xerochrysum bracteatum
Applicant/Holder: Floreta Developments Pty. Ltd.
P.O. Box 7323
Redland Bay, Queensland
Breeder: Kerry Veianne Bunker, Redland Bay, Australia
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2012-12-28
Application Number: 12-7834
Grant of Rights Date: 2014-09-29
Certificate Number: 4908
Date rights surrendered: 2016-09-29

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'KLEBB08398' (Mojave Fire)

Summary: The leaf blade of 'FLOBRABLA' is longer and narrower than that of 'KLEBB08398'. The length to width ratio of 'FLOBRABLA' is large to very large while it is small to medium for 'KLEBB08398'. The flower head of 'FLOBRABLA' is larger in diameter than that of 'KLEBB08398'. When viewed from the side, the upper part of the flower head of 'FLOBRABLA' is mostly flat while it is concave for 'KLEBB08398'.


PLANT: bushy semi-upright growth habit, dense
STEM: medium hairiness

LEAF: large to very large length to width ratio, broadest part at middle third, acuminate apex, no variegation, upper side is medium green, medium hairiness of upper side, absent or sparse hairiness of lower side, weak undulation of margin

FLOWERING SHOOT: strong branching
FLOWER BUD: pointed apex, brown purple (RHS 183B) with light yellow brown (RHS 162A) underlay and lighter yellow brown (RHS 162D) at base
FLOWER HEAD: positioned slightly below to slightly above foliage, lower part is flat in side view, upper part is mostly flat in side view
INVOLUCRE: more than one colour, main colours are orange and red
BRACT: length to width ratio is three times as long as broad
INNER BRACT: lower third is yellow (RHS 5A), middle third is orange brown (RHS 169B-C), upper third is orange brown (RHS 169B) with dark purple red (RHS N34A) at tip of apex
MIDDLE BRACT: lower third is yellow (RHS 5B), middle third is orange brown to yellow brown (RHS 168B-C), upper third is orange brown to yellow brown (RHS 168B-C) with brown purple (RHS 178A) overlay towards apex
OUTER BRACT: lower third is light yellow brown (RHS 162B), middle and upper third is dark purple red (RHS N34A)
PAPPUS: yellow

Origin & Breeding History: 'FLOBRABLA' originated from a controlled cross-pollination conducted in Redland Bay, Queensland, Australia in January 2009 between the female parent,'09-022', and the male parent, '09-015'. In December 2009, one plant was selected for its compact plant vigour, foliage appearance, flower colour and inflorescence shape, flower production throughout the growing season, and good performance during summer. It has been further propagated through vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'FLOBRABLA' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2013 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 20 plants each of the candidate and reference variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11.5 cm pots on April 23, 2013. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 24, 2013. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Flobrabla' with reference variety 'KLEBB08398'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Flobrabla' 'KLEBB08398'
mean 8.9 5.3
std. deviation 1.24 0.45

Leaf width (cm)

  'Flobrabla' 'KLEBB08398'
mean 1.0 1.5
std. deviation 0.15 0.13

Diameter of flower head (cm)

  'Flobrabla' 'KLEBB08398'
mean 3.6 3.0
std. deviation 0.15 0.12

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Strawflower / Paper Daisy: 'Flobrabla' (left) with reference variety 'KLEBB08398' (right)

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Strawflower / Paper Daisy: 'Flobrabla' (left) with reference variety 'KLEBB08398' (right)

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Strawflower / Paper Daisy: 'Flobrabla' (left) with reference variety 'KLEBB08398' (right)

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