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Denomination: 'Virginia'
Botanical Name: Alstroemeria
Applicant/Holder: Van Zanten Plants B.V.
P.O. 265
1430 AG
Breeder: F.B. Plevier, Koninklijke van Zanten b.v., Rijsenhout, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 1999-12-08
Application Number: 99-1917
Grant of Rights Date: 2002-09-10
Certificate Number: 1250
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2020-09-10

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Stamond' and 'Stadelil'

Summary: 'Virginia' produces shorter plants with smaller leaves and longer umbel branches than the reference varieties. Intensity of anthocyanin colouration of the umbel branches for 'Virginia' is absent to very weak while it is weak for 'Stamond' and strong for 'Stadelil'. 'Virginia' has smaller florets than 'Stamond'. The outer tepals for 'Virginia' have no stripes while those of 'Stamond' have a few stripes. Colour of the stamen filaments for 'Virginia' is white while for 'Stamond' it is pink and for 'Stadelil' it is reddish-purple. Intensity of anthocyanin colouration of the ovary for 'Virginia' is absent to very weak while it is strong for the reference varieties.


'Virginia' is a cut flower alstroemeria. The stems are medium in thickness and foliage on the stem is sparse to medium in density. The leaf blade is narrow-elliptic in shape and recurved along the longitudinal axis of the blade.

The inflorescence has a medium number of umbel branches which have absent to very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration. The florets are medium in size with a medium spread of the tepals. Emargination on the outer tepals is medium in depth. The main colour on the inner side of the outer tepals is white and there are no stripes. The inner tepals are elliptic in shape. The middle zone on the inner side of the inner lateral tepals is light yellow in colour. There are a moderate number of medium sized stripes on the inner side of the inner lateral tepals. The stamen filaments have no spots and they are white. At the start of dehiscence, the anthers are greenish in colour. The pistil has absent to very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the ovary and there are no spots on the stigma.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Virginia' originated from the controlled pollination of two unnamed varieties. The cross was made in Hillegom, The Netherlands in 1988. The selection and testing stage occurred from 1989 to 1995.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Virginia' were conducted in a plastic tunnel under local climate conditions in Langley, British Columbia in 2001. The trials consisted of twenty (20) plants per variety grown in 25 cm pots and supported by overhead wires. The plants were spaced at a density of four (4) plants per m2. Unless otherwise indicated, the measured characteristics were based on ten (10) measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Virginia' with reference varieties 'Stamond' and 'Stadelil'

Stem length (cm)

  'Virginia' 'Stamond' 'Stadelil'
mean 98.7 129 113.2
std. deviation 11.6 25.0 19.1

Leaf length (cm)

  'Virginia' 'Stamond' 'Stadelil'
mean 13.6 16.3 14.8
std. deviation 0.9 1.7 0.8
number measured 20 13 12

Leaf width (cm)

  'Virginia' 'Stamond' 'Stadelil'
mean 2.3 3.5 3.5
std. deviation 0.3 0.5 0.4
number measured 20 13 12

Length of umbel branches (cm)

  'Virginia' 'Stamond' 'Stadelil'
mean 15.0 9.1 11.9
std. deviation 1.6 0.9 2.5

Colour of outer tepal (RHS)

  'Virginia' 'Stamond' 'Stadelil'
inner side 155D 155D 67C

Colour of inner lateral tepal (RHS)

  'Virginia' 'Stamond' 'Stadelil'
middle zone of inner side 4D 4D 5C
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