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Sas Whit09


Denomination: 'Sas Whit09'
Trade name: Sassy White 09
Botanical Name: Argyranthemum frutescens
Applicant/Holder: Goldsmith Seeds Europe B.V.
Cornelis Kuinweg 28A
1619 PE
1619 PE
Breeder: Eric Giesen, Syngenta Seeds B.V., Andijk, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2007-12-24
Application Number: 07-6082
Date Withdrawn: 2009-06-26

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Argyrantis' (Molimba Helio White)

Summary: The plants of 'Sas Whit09' are taller than those of 'Argyrantis'. 'Sas Whit09' has wider lateral leaf lobes than 'Argyrantis'.


PLANT: rounded growth habit, medium to tall, dense, no stem anthocyanin colouration

LEAF BLADE: medium length, narrow to medium length, blue green on upper side
LEAF BLADE LATERAL LOBE: medium to long, medium width, medium depth of marginal incisions

FLOWER: semi-double type, medium to large diameter, early flowering
RAY FLORET: slightly reflexed curvature of longitudinal axis, medium to long, wide, one coloured on upper side, white on upper and lower side
FLORET DISC: very small to small diameter, yellow orange

Origin & Breeding History: 'Sas Whit09' originated from a cross in July 2005 between the female parent 'AR03-140-2' a proprietary line with white flowers and the male parent 'AR03-158-2' a proprietary line with white flowers. The new variety 'Sas Whit09' was developed by the breeder Eric Giesen, an employee of Goldsmith Seeds Europe B.V., in Andijk, The Netherlands, as part of a controlled breeding program. The resultant seed was sown in a greenhouse in October 2005. In January 2006, a single plant from the progeny was selected by the breeder based on flower colour, plant growth habit and production characteristics.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Sas Whit09' 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 'Sas Whit09' with reference variety 'Argyrantis'

Plant height (cm)

  'Sas Whit09' 'Argyrantis'
mean 25.3 20.1
std. deviation 1.50 1.17

Leaf blade lateral lobe width (cm)

  'Sas Whit09' 'Argyrantis'
mean 0.7 0.3
std. deviation 0.15 0.15

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Sas Whit09
Argyranthemum: 'Sas Whit09' (left) with reference variety 'Argyrantis' (right)

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Sas Whit09
Argyranthemum: 'Sas Whit09' (left) with reference variety 'Argyrantis' (right)

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