plant named ‘Saucy Seduction’

- K.Sahin Zaden B.V.

A new and distinct cultivar of Achillea plant named ‘Saucy Seduction’, characterized by its upright and mounding plant habit; strong and vigorous growth habit; freely flowering habit with plants remaining in flower for a long period time; inflorescences with light red purple-colored ray florets; and good garden performance.

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Description

Botanical designation: Achillea millefolium.

Cultivar denomination: ‘Saucy Seduction’.

CROSS-REFERENCED TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Title: Achillea Plant Named ‘Pink Grapefruit’.

Applicant: Elisabeth Sahin-Georgiadou.

Filed: Concurrently with this application U.S. Plant patent application Ser. No. 12/290,129.

Title: Achillea Plant Named ‘Pomegranate’.

Applicant: Elisabeth Sahin-Georgiadou.

Filed: Concurrently with this application U.S. Plant patent application Ser. No. 12/290,128.

Title: Achillea Plant Named ‘Sunny Seduction’.

Applicant: Elisabeth Sahin-Georgiadou.

Filed: Concurrently with this application U.S. Plant patent application Ser. No. 12/290,126.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Achillea plant, botanically known as Achillea millefolium, and hereinafter referred to by the name ‘Saucy Seduction’.

The new Achillea plant is a naturally-occurring whole plant mutation of Achillea millefolium ‘Summer Pastels’, not patented. The new Achillea plant was discovered and selected by the Inventor as a single flowering plant within a population of plants of ‘Summer Pastels’ in 2003 in a controlled outdoor nursery environment in Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands. The selection of this plant was based on its unique inflorescence coloration.

Asexual reproduction of the new Achillea plant by vegetative cuttings in a controlled environment in Lancaster, Pa. since January, 2005, has shown that the unique features of this new Achillea plant are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Plants of the new Achillea have not been observed under all possible environmental conditions. The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environment such as temperature and light intensity, without, however, any variance in genotype.

The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of ‘Saucy Seduction’. These characteristics in combination distinguish ‘Saucy Seduction’ as a new and distinct cultivar of Achillea:

    • 1. Upright and mounding plant habit.
    • 2. Strong and vigorous growth habit.
    • 3. Freely flowering habit with plants remaining in flower for a long period time.
    • 4. Inflorescences with light red purple-colored ray florets.
    • 5. Good garden performance.

Plants of the new Achillea differ from plants of the parent cultivar, ‘Summer Pastels’, in the following characteristics:

    • 1. Plants of the new Achillea are more compact than and not as open as plants of ‘Summer Pastels’.
    • 2. Plants of the new Achillea have larger inflorescences than plants of ‘Summer Pastels’.
    • 3. Ray florets of plants of the new Achillea are light red purple in color whereas ray florets of ‘Summer Pastels’ are medium pink in color.

Plants of the new Achillea differ primarily in ray floret coloration from plants of Achillea millefolium ‘Pink Grapefruit’, disclosed in a U.S. Plant patent application Ser. No. 12/290,129 filed concurrently; Achillea millefolium ‘Pomegranate’, disclosed in a U.S. Plant patent application Ser. No. 12/290,128 filed concurrently; and Achillea millefolium ‘Sunny Seduction’, disclosed in a U.S. Plant patent application Ser. No. 12/290,126 filed concurrently.

Plants of the new Achillea can also be compared to plants of Achillea millefolium ‘Heidi’, not patented. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Lancaster, Pa., plants of the new Achillea differed from plants of ‘Heidi’ in the following characteristics:

    • 1. Plants of the new Achillea were more upright than and not as open as plants of ‘Heidi’.
    • 2. Plants of the new Achillea were stronger and sturdier than plants of ‘Heidi’.
    • 3. Plants of the new Achillea and ‘Heidi’ differed in ray floret color.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS

The accompanying photographs illustrate the overall appearance of the new Achillea. These photographs show the colors as true as it is reasonably possible to obtain in colored reproductions of this type. Colors in the photographs may differ slightly from the color values cited in the detailed botanical description which accurately describe the colors of the new Achillea.

The photograph at the bottom of the sheet comprises a side perspective view of a typical flowering plant of ‘Saucy Seduction’ grown in a container.

The photograph at the top of the sheet is a close-up view of typical inflorescences of ‘Saucy Seduction’.

DETAILED BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

Plants used for the aforementioned photographs and following observations and measurements describe plants grown in Lancaster, Pa. during the spring in one-gallon containers in a polyethylene-covered greenhouse and under conditions and practices which approximate those generally used in commercial Achillea production. During the production of the plants, day temperatures ranged from 18° C. to 27° C. and night temperatures ranged from 16° C. to 18° C. Measurements and numerical values represent averages for typical seven-month old flowering plants. In the following description, color references are made to The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart, 1995 Edition, except where general terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used.

  • Botanical classification: Achillea millefolium ‘Saucy Seduction’.
  • Parentage: Naturally-occurring whole plant mutation Achillea millefolium ‘Summer Pastels’, not patented.
  • Propagation:
      • Type.—Terminal vegetative cuttings.
      • Time to initiate roots.—About two to four days at 29° C.
      • Time to produce a rooted cutting.—About 12 to 14 days at 29° C.
      • Root description.—Medium in thickness, fleshy; white in color.
      • Rooting habit.—Freely branching; moderately dense.
  • Plant description:
      • Plant form/growth habit.—Upright and mounding plant habit. Strong and sturdy plants; vigorous growth habit.
      • Plant height.—About 44 cm.
      • Plant diameter or spread.—About 30 cm.
      • Lateral branches.—Quantity per plant: Freely branching habit with about eight lateral branches developing per plant; pinching is typically not required. Length: About 37 cm. Diameter: About 4.5 mm. Internode length: About 2 cm. Aspect: Mostly upright. Strength: Strong, sturdy. Texture: Tomentose. Color: Close to 147C.
  • Foliage description:
      • Arrangement.—Alternate, simple; sessile.
      • Length.—About 11.5 cm.
      • Width.—About 2.1 cm.
      • Shape.—Lanceolate.
      • Apex.—Acute.
      • Base.—Truncate.
      • Margin.—Very finely dissected giving a fern-like and feathery appearance.
      • Texture, upper and lower surfaces.—Pubescent.
      • Venation pattern.—Pinnate.
      • Color.—Developing leaves, upper and lower surfaces: Close to 137A. Fully expanded leaves, upper surface: Close to 137A; venation, close to 147D. Fully expanded leaves, lower surface: Close to 137B; venation, close to 147C to 147D.
  • Inflorescence description:
      • Flowering arrangement and habit.—Rotate composite inflorescence form; inflorescences arranged in terminal or axillary compound cymes. Freely flowering habit with about 175 inflorescences developing per lateral branch. Inflorescences positioned above the foliage and face upright to outwardly.
      • Fragrance.—Not detected.
      • Time to flower.—Long flowering period, under natural season conditions, plants flower throughout the summer; plants that are cut back will reflower.
      • Post-production longevity.—Inflorescences maintain good substance for about ten days on the plant; inflorescences persistent.
      • Inflorescence bud.—Height: About 6 mm. Diameter: About 3 mm. Shape: Ovoid. Color: Close to 158D.
      • Cyme size.—Diameter: About 7.2 cm by 9 cm. Height: About 5.8 cm.
      • Inflorescence size.—Diameter: About 7 mm. Depth (height): About 6 mm. Disc diameter: About 2 mm. Receptacle diameter: About 2.5 mm. Receptacle height: About 4 mm. Receptacle shape: Ovoid. Receptacle color: Close to 146D.
      • Ray florets.—Shape: Rounded obovate. Apex: Emarginate. Base: Attenuate. Length: About 3 mm. Width: About 4 mm. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous. Number of ray florets per inflorescence: About five in a single whorl. Color: When opening, upper surface: Close to 70B to 70C; towards the base, close to 155D. When opening, lower surface: Close to 70D. Fully opened, upper surface: Close to 71B; color becoming closer to 186B with development. Fully opened, lower surface: Close to 186D; color becoming closer to 69B with development.
      • Disc florets.—Arrangement: Massed in the center of the receptacle. Shape: Tubular; apex, five-pointed. Length: About 4 mm. Diameter: Less than 1 mm. Number of disc florets per inflorescence: About 15. Color, immature: Apex: Close to 155A. Mid-section: Close to 157C. Base: Close to 145C. Color, mature: Apex: Close to 69C. Mid-section: Close to 157C. Base: Close to 145B.
      • Phyllaries.—Quantity per inflorescence: About 18 in about four whorls. Length: About 3 mm. Width: About 1 mm. Shape: Lanceolate. Apex: Acute. Base: Truncate, fused. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper surface: Smooth; glabrous. Texture, lower surface: Pubescent. Color, upper and lower surfaces: Close to 145A.
      • Peduncles.—Length, terminal peduncle: About 1.3 cm. Length, fourth peduncle: About 2.8 cm. Length, seventh peduncle: About 6 cm. Diameter: About 1.5 mm. Strength: Strong. Aspect: Mostly upright to about 45° from vertical. Texture: Pubescent. Color: Close to 146C.
      • Reproductive organs (present on disc florets only).—Androecium: Quantity of stamens per disc floret: About five. Filament length: About 2 mm. Filament color: Close to 157A. Anther shape: Rounded. Anther length: Less than 1 mm. Anther color: Close to 15B. Pollen amount: Scarce. Pollen color: Close to 17B. Gynoecium: Quantity of pistils per disc floret: One. Pistil length: About 3 mm. Stigma shape: Bi-parted. Stigma color: Close to 157A. Style length: About 2 mm. Style color: Close to 157D. Ovary color: Close to 145D.
      • Seed/fruit.—Seed and fruit production has not been observed.
  • Disease/pest resistance: Plants of the new Achillea have not been shown to be resistant to pathogens and pests common to Achillea.
  • Garden performance: Plants of the new Achillea have been observed to have good garden performance and tolerate wind, rain and temperatures ranging from about −20° C. to about 40° C.

Claims

1. A new and distinct Achillea plant named ‘Saucy Seduction’ as illustrated and described.

Patent History

Patent number: PP20782
Type: Grant
Filed: Oct 28, 2008
Date of Patent: Feb 23, 2010
Assignee: K.Sahin Zaden B.V. (Alphen aan den Rijn)
Inventor: Elisabeth Sahin-Georgiadou (Alphen aan den Rijn)
Primary Examiner: Susan B McCormick Ewoldt
Attorney: C. A. Whealy
Application Number: 12/290,127

Classifications

Current U.S. Class: Herbaceous Ornamnental Flowering Plant (nicotinia, Nasturtium, Etc.) (PLT/263.1)
International Classification: A01H 5/00 (20060101);