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Denomination: 'Argylem'
Trade name: Shere Monroe Lemon Anemone
Botanical Name: Argyranthemum frutescens
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Ánna M.W.P. Houbraken, Syngenta Seeds B.V., Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2006-11-22
Application Number: 07-6042
Grant of Rights Date: 2009-09-23
Certificate Number: 3607
Date rights surrendered: 2010-08-27

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Argypri' (Shere Maggy Primrose) and 'Bonmadcimro' (Madeira Crested Primrose)

Summary: The leaves of 'Argylem' are blue green while those of 'Bonmadcimro' are medium green. 'Argylem' has narrower lateral lobes than both reference varieties. 'Argylem' has flowers with a greater diameter than 'Bonmadcimro'. The ray florets of 'Argylem' are longer than those of 'Bonmadcimro' and narrower than those of both reference varieties. 'Argylem' differs from both reference varieties in the colour of the disc florets.


PLANT: upright growth habit, short to medium height, medium density, no stem anthocyanin colouration

LEAF BLADE: short to medium length, very narrow, blue green on upper side
LEAF BLADE LATERAL LOBE: short to medium length, very narrow to narrow, shallow depth of marginal incisions

FLOWER: anemone type, medium to large diameter, early flowering
RAY FLORET: straight curvature of longitudinal axis, medium to long, one coloured on upper side, grey (RHS 157B) on upper side, white (RHS 157D) on upper side when aged, white (RHS 155C) on lower side
FLORET DISC: small to medium diameter, white (RHS 155A) tube, light green (RHS 149D) and yellow green (RHS 1D) apex

Origin & Breeding History: 'Argylem' originated from an open pollination that took place in August 2003 in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands between the female parent identified as G0060-1 and pollen from an unidentified Argyranthemum frutescens. The new Argyranthemum variety 'Argylem' was bred and developed by the breeder Anna M. W.P. Houbraken, while employed at Syngenta Seeds B.V., Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. 'Argylem' was selected as a single seedling in August 2004 based on plant growth habit and flower colour. Asexual reproduction by cuttings was first conducted August 2004 in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Argylem' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2008 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11 cm pots on March 19, 2008. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on May 23, 2008. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Argylem' with reference varieties 'Argypri' and 'Bonmadcimro'

Leaf blade lateral lobe width (cm)

  'Argylem' 'Argypri' 'Bonmadcimro'
mean 0.3 0.6 0.6
std. deviation 0.08 0.15 0.07

Flower head diameter (cm)

  'Argylem' 'Argypri' 'Bonmadcimro'
mean 4.6 4.9 4.0
std. deviation 0.14 0.26 0.19

Ray floret length (cm)

  'Argylem' 'Argypri' 'Bonmadcimro'
mean 1.7 1.7 1.4
std. deviation 0.13 0.10 0.10

Ray floret width (cm)

  'Argylem' 'Argypri' 'Bonmadcimro'
mean 0.3 0.6 0.5
std. deviation 0.08 0.00 0.05

Colour of disc floret (RHS)

  'Argylem' 'Argypri' 'Bonmadcimro'
tube whiter than 155A whiter than 157C 5C
apex 149D and 1D lighter than 1B 6A-B

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Argyranthemum: 'Argylem' (left) with reference varieties 'Argypri' (center) and 'Bonmadcimro' (right)

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Argyranthemum: 'Argylem' (left) with reference varieties 'Argypri' (center) and 'Bonmadcimro' (right)

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