Variety of Sanvitalia plant named ‘Sumsan 01’

A new and distinct early flowering Sanvitalia plant with bright yellow-orange colored flowers.

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Botanical classification: Sanvitalia hybrid.

Varietal denomination: ‘Sumsan 01’.


The present invention comprises a new and distinct cultivar of Sanvitalia plant known by the varietal name ‘Sumsan 01’. The new variety was discovered in June 2000 in a selected breeding program in Lüdinghausen, Germany. The new variety was selected from a cross of proprietary unpatented breeding plants Seedling 64 (female parent) and Seedling 11 (male parent). The new variety has a leaf size similar to its parents, but differs in flower markings from both parents. The new variety has a similar flower color and vigor to Sanvitalia variety ‘Lucky Penny’ (unpatented), but has more leaf pubescence. The new variety was first asexually reproduced in September 2001 by cuttings in Lüdinghausen, Germany. The new variety has been trial and field tested at Lüdinghausen and has been found to retain its distinctive characteristics and remain true to type through successive propagations.

The following traits distinguish ‘Sumsan 01’ as a new and distinct cultivar:

    • 1. The size of the capitulum.
    • 2. The color of the ray floret.
    • 3. Leaf pubescence.


The accompanying photographic drawings illustrate the new variety, with the color being as nearly true as is possible with color illustrations of this type.

FIG. 1 is a photograph of the plant; and

FIG. 2 is a close up view of the blooms of the new plant.


The following detailed description sets forth characteristics of the new cultivar. The data which defines these characteristics were collected by asexual reproductions by cuttings carried out in Lüdinghausen, Germany. Plants for the description were 16 weeks old. The color readings were taken in a greenhouse under natural light. Color references are primarily to the 1996 R.H.S. Colour Chart of The Royal Horticultural Society of London.


  • Form: Spreading.
  • Height (from soil to top of flowers): 40-50 cm at the end of summer.
  • Diameter: 50 cm after 4-5 months.
  • Vigor: Strong; similar to the Sanvitalia variety ‘Aztekengold’ (unpatented).
  • Roots:
      • Habit.—Upright.
      • Time to initiate roots.—14 days at 20° C.
      • Time to develop roots.—35 days at 20° C.
  • Time to produce finished flowering plant: About 14 weeks in a 10.5 cm container.
  • Branching habit: Hanging.
  • Lateral branches:
      • Color.—145A.
      • Texture.—Solid.
      • Diameter.—1 mm.
      • Internode length.—Approximately 3.5 cm.
  • Foliage:
      • Size of leaf.—Length: Approximately 2 cm. Width: Approximately 0.9 cm.
      • Shape of leaf.—Lanceolate.
      • Shape of apex.—Obtuse.
      • Shape of base.—Obtuse.
      • Texture.—Light pubescence.
      • Aspect.—Weak.
      • Margin.—Entire.
      • Color.—Young leaves: Upper surface: 137C. Lower surface: 137D. Mature leaves: Upper surface: 137A. Lower surface: 146B.
      • Petiole.—Length: 3 mm. Diameter: 0.8 mm. Color: 145B.
      • Veins.—Venation type: Parallel. Color: Upper surface: 145A. Lower surface: 145A.


  • Natural flowering season: Spring to autumn.
  • Bud (characteristics at day one of opening):
      • Shape.—Semi-globose cup with upperside open.
      • Diameter.—2 mm.
      • Length.—2 mm.
      • Color.—144B.
  • Corolla:
      • Form.—Actinomorphic.
      • Petals/lobes.—Number: 8. Length: 5-7 mm. Width: 3-5 mm. Shape: Obtuse. Aspect: Weak with 3 waves. Margin: Entire with one incision on the top. Texture and appearance: Weak.
      • Color.—When opening: Upper surface: 15A. Lower surface: 15D. Fully opened: Upper surface: Dark ring inside 15A with 13B outside. Lower surface: 15D with green veins.
      • Throat.—Color: 200B. Texture: Canescent.
      • Tube color.—142B.
  • Calyx:
      • Form.—Cupped.
      • Length.—3 mm.
      • Diameter.—0.5 mm.
      • Sepal shape.—Lanceolate.
      • Sepal margin.—Entire.
      • Sepal texture.—Puberulous.
      • Sepal color.—Upper surface: 137C. Lower surface: 137D.
  • Disease resistance: No resistance to diseases noted to date.
  • Fragrance: None.
  • Temperature tolerance: From 0° C. to 35° C.
  • Lasting quality: Continuous.


  • Stamens:
      • Number.—Numerous; approximately 200.
      • Filament length.—2 mm.
      • Pollen.—Color: Yellow. Amount: Plentiful.
  • Pistil:
      • Length.—2 mm.
      • Style.—Length: 1.5 mm. Color: 187A.
      • Stigma.—Shape: Figure eight. Color: 187A.
  • Fruit: None observed.
  • Seeds:
      • Production.—Minimal.
      • Length.—Approximately 4.0 mm.
      • Width.—Approximately 2.0 mm.
      • Shape.—Lanceolate.
      • Color.—Inside: Depends on freshness. When fresh, the color is white. When stored for serveral months, the color is 201A. Margin: 159A.


1. A new and distinct variety of Sanvitalia plant substantially as shown and described.

Referenced Cited
Other references
  • UPOV-Rom hit on ‘Sumsan 01’, Plant Variety Database, 2004/02.
Patent History
Patent number: PP15954
Type: Grant
Filed: Mar 3, 2003
Date of Patent: Sep 13, 2005
Patent Publication Number: 20040177421
Assignee: Grunewald Veredlings, B.V.
Inventor: Ralf Schräder (Lüdinghausen)
Primary Examiner: Anne Marie Grunberg
Attorney: Webb Ziesenheim Logsdon Orkin & Hanson, P.C.
Application Number: 10/378,476
Current U.S. Class: PLT/263