plant named ‘Podaras #9’
A new and distinct cultivar of Buddleja a plant named ‘Podaras #9’, characterized by its upright plant habit; freely flowering habit; sterile light purple violet-colored flowers; and good garden performance.
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Botanical designation: Buddleja davidii.
Cultivar denomination: ‘PODARAS #9’.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Buddleja plant, botanically known as Buddleja davidii and hereinafter referred to by the name ‘Podaras #9’.
The new Buddleja plant is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the Inventor in Ithaca, N.Y. The objective of the breeding program was to create new compact and sterile Buddleja plants with unique and attractive flower coloration.
The new Buddleja plant originated from an open-pollination on Jul. 21, 2006 in Ithaca, N.Y., of an unnamed selections of Buddleja davidii, not patented, as the female, or seed, parent with an unknown selection of Buddleja davidii as the male, or pollen, parent. The new Buddleja plant was discovered and selected by the Inventor as a single flowering plant within the progeny of the stated open-pollination in a controlled environment in Ithaca, N.Y. in August, 2007.
Asexual reproduction of the new Buddleja plant by cuttings in a controlled greenhouse environment in West Chicago, Ill. since February, 2008, has shown that the unique features of this new Buddleja plant are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Plants of the new Buddleja have not been observed under all possible environmental conditions. The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environment and cultural practices 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 ‘Podaras #9’. These characteristics in combination distinguish ‘Podaras #9’ as a new and distinct Buddleja plant:
- 1. Upright plant habit.
- 2. Freely flowering habit.
- 3. Sterile light purple violet-colored flowers.
- 4. Good garden performance.
Plants of the new Buddleja differ from plants of the female parent selection in the following characteristics:
- 1. Plants of the new Buddleja are more compact and denser than and not as open as plants of the female parent selection.
- 2. Plants of the new Buddleja and the female parent selection differ in flower color as plants of the female parent selection have deep violet-colored flowers.
- 3. Plants of the new Buddleja and the female parent selection differ in fertility as plants of the female parent selection are fertile.
Plants of the new Buddleja can be compared to plants of Buddleja davidii ‘Pink Delight’, not patented. In side-by-side comparisons, plants of the new Buddleja and ‘Pink Delight’ differed in the following characteristics:
- 1. Plants of the new Buddleja were more compact and denser than plants of ‘Pink Delight’.
- 2. Inflorescences of plants of the new Buddleja were larger and broader than inflorescences of plants of ‘Pink Delight’.
The accompanying colored photographs illustrate the overall appearance of the new Buddleja plant, showing 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 Buddleja plant.
The photograph at the bottom of the sheet comprises a side perspective view of a typical flowering plant of ‘Podaras #9’ grown in a container.
The photograph at the top of the sheet is a close-up view of a typical inflorescence of ‘Podaras #9’.
The aforementioned photographs and following observations, measurements and values describe plants grown in Arroyo Grande, Calif. under commercial practice during the summer in 12.5-cm containers in a polyethylene-covered greenhouse with day temperatures averaging 21° C. and night temperatures averaging 7° C. Plants were pinched two times and were one year old when the photographs and description were taken. In the following description, color references are made to The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart, 2007 Edition, except where general terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used.
- Botanical classification: Buddleja davidii ‘Podaras #9’.
- Female, or seed, parent.—Unnamed selection of Buddleja davidii, not patented.
- Male, or pollen, parent.—Unknown selection of Buddleja davidii, not patented.
- Type.—By cuttings.
- Time to initiate roots plant, summer.—About two weeks at temperatures of 18° C. to 24° C.
- Time to initiate roots plant, winter.—About two to three weeks at temperatures of 18° C. to 24° C.
- Time to produce a rooted plant, summer.—About three weeks at temperatures of 18° C. to 24° C.
- Time to produce a rooted plant, winter.—About three to four weeks at temperatures of 18° C. to 24° C.
- Root description.—Fibrous, fine; white in color.
- Rooting habit.—Freely branching; moderately dense.
- Plant description:
- Plant form/habit.—Deciduous perennial shrub; upright plant habit; narrow inverted triangle; vigorous growth habit.
- Plant height.—About 82 cm.
- Plant width (spread).—About 25 cm.
- Lateral branches.—Quantity: About eight main branches per plant. Length: About 79 cm. Diameter: About 9 mm. Internode length: About 2.5 cm to 3 cm. Strength: Strong. Texture, developing stems: Lanulose. Texture, mature stems: Smooth, glabrous. Color, developing: Close to 196A. Color, mature: Close to 197C.
- Foliage description:
- Arrangement.—Opposite, simple.
- Length.—About 9.2 cm.
- Width.—About 3 cm.
- Shape.—Elliptical to lanceolate.
- Texture, upper and lower surfaces.—Pubescent.
- Venation pattern.—Pinnate, reticulate.
- Color.—Developing leaves, upper surface: Close to 137A. Developing leaves, lower surface: Close to 147C. Fully expanded leaves, upper surface: Close to N137A; venation, close to 194B. Fully expanded leaves, lower surface: Close to 194A; venation, close to 194C.
- Petiole.—Length: About 7 mm. Diameter: About 2 mm. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Lanulose. Color, upper surface: Close to 194C. Color, lower surface: Close to 194D.
- Flower description:
- Flower type/habit.—Single rotate and salverform flowers arranged in compound terminal and axillary panicles; flowers face upright and outward; panicles roughly conical in shape; freely flowering habit with about 248 flower buds and flowers developing per inflorescence.
- Fragrance.—Faint, sweet.
- Natural flowering season.—Plants begin flowering about three months after planting; flowering continuous from spring until frost in California.
- Postproduction longevity.—Flowers last about three to four days on the plant; flowers persistent.
- Flower buds.—Height: About 1.2 cm. Diameter: About 2 mm. Shape: Oblong. Color: Close to 91A.
- Inflorescence height.—About 7.8 cm.
- Inflorescence diameter.—About 5.2 cm.
- Flower diameter.—About 8 mm.
- Flower depth.—About 1.2 cm.
- Flower throat, diameter.—About 1 mm.
- Flower tube, length.—About 1 cm.
- Flower tube, diameter at base.—About 1.5 mm.
- Petals.—Quantity per flower: Typically four in a single whorl; petals fused into a narrow tube. Lobe length: About 4 mm. Lobe width: About 3 mm. Lobe shape: Roughly spatulate. Lobe apex: Rounded. Lobe margin: Erosulate, crinkled. Texture, upper and lower lobe surfaces: Smooth, glabrous. Texture, throat: Slightly pubescent. Texture, tube: Slightly pubescent. Color: Developing petals, upper surface: Close to N88C. Developing petals, lower surface: Close to N88C. Fully expanded petals, upper surface: Close to N82C; towards the throat, close to 14B; venation, close to N82C; color towards the margin becoming closer to 94D with development. Fully expanded petals, lower surface: Close to N82D; venation, close to N82D. Throat: Close to 34B; venation, close to 34B. Tube: Close to N77D; venation, close to N77D.
- Sepals.—Quantity per flower: Typically four in a single whorl, fused towards the base; campanulate calyx. Length: About 1 mm. Width: About 1 mm. Shape: Lanceolate. Apex: Acute. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper surface: Smooth, glabrous. Texture, lower surface: Pubescent. Color, upper surface: Close to 144B. Color, lower surface: Close to 147C.
- Peduncles.—Length: About 2.4 cm. Diameter: About 1.5 mm. Angle: Mostly erect. Strength: Strong. Texture: Pubescent. Color: Close to 146C.
- Pedicels.—Length: About 4 mm. Diameter: About 1 mm. Angle: About 45° from peduncle axis. Strength: Moderately strong. Texture: Pubescent. Color: Close to 146D.
- Reproductive organs.—Stamens: Quantity per flower: Typically four; filaments adnate to the corolla tube. Filament length: About 4 mm. Filament color: Close to 160D. Anther shape: Lanceolate. Anther length: About 1 mm. Anther color: Close to 155A. Pollen amount: None. Pistils: Quantity per flower: One. Pistil length: About 5 mm. Stigma shape: Oval. Stigma color: Close to 146B. Style length: About 2 mm. Style color: Close to 145C. Ovary color: Close to 148C.
- Seed/fruit.—Flowers of plants of the new Buddleja are sterile and seed and fruit development have not been observed.
- Disease/pest resistance: Plants of the new Buddleja have been not been observed to be resistant to pathogens and pests common to Buddleja.
- Garden performance: Plants of the new Buddleja have been observed to have good garden performance and tolerate rain, wind and temperatures ranging from about 0° C. to about 40° C.
1. A new and distinct Buddleja plant named ‘Podaras #9’ as illustrated and described.
International Classification: A01H 5/00 (20060101);