United States Patent [19]‘


Patent Number:

Plant 6,020



Date of Patent:

Sep. 22, 1987



Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Schwartz, Jeffery, Schwaab,

Wolfgang Kirmann, Langenzersdorf,

Austria Mil-k0 Vavra, Bisamberg, Austria

[73] Assignee:

[21] Appl. No.: 811,117 [22] Filed;

Dec_ 19, 1935

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[57] ABSTRACT A geranium plant named Peggy having light red-purple ?ower color, variegated with dark red-purple; very early ?owering; good bud production at night tempera tures up to 16° C., thus providing a long and continuous

?owering period; compact, self-branching growth [51]

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habit; very ?oriferous habit; and ease of propagation

and good rooting habit .

2 Drawing Figures

‘ Primary Examiner-Robert E. Bagwill

1 The present invention comprises a new and distinct

2 3. Small, medium green foliage.

cultivar of geranium, botanically known as Pelargonium domesticum, and hereinafter referred to by the cultivar

4. Compact, self-branching growth habit.

name Peggy.

6. Propagates well, with very good rooting habit.

Peggy is a product of a planned breeding program which had the objective of creating new geranium culti vars having a compact growth habit, early ?owering

and long flowering period, good ?ower production, relatively small foliage and light purple ?ower color.

5. Good bud production and very ?oriferous. 7. Buds are produced under normal greenhouse con

ditions (5000 Lux for 16 hours per day) at l4°—l6° C. This is well above the cooler temperatures required for

previous domesticum varieties. In addition, plants ?ow ered indoors can be transplanted outdoors and will

Peggy was originated from a hybridization made by 10 continue blooming at night temperatures as high as 16° C. Known domesticum cultivars will produce buds out applicant in a controlled breeding program in Bisam doors only at night temperaturesof 10° C. or lower. berg, Austria in 1978. The female parent was Jupiter 75, 8. Peggy is unique with regard to the combined fea a cultivar characterized by its tall growth habit, large tures of compactness, continuous ?owering, ?oriferous lilac ?owers with red stripes and very early ?owering. The male parent of Peggy was a cultivar designated as

habit, and light red-purple ?ower color.

seedling 708/76 having a compact growth habit, broad,

on Feb. 25, 1979 in a controlled environment in Bisam

Of the many commercial cultivars known to the pres ent inventor, the most similar in comparison to Peggy is .lubilante, an unpatented but commercial cultivar. In comparison to Jubilante, Peggy has a more compact growth habit, ?owers earlier and has better ?ower pro

berg, Austria.

duction, and has a more intense pink color.

dark green foliage and relatively small violet petals. Peggy was discovered and selected as one ?owering

plant within the progeny of the stated cross by applicant The ?rst act of asexual reproduction of Peggy was

The accompanying photographic drawings show

accomplished when vegetative cuttings were taken

typical ?ower and foliage characteristics of Peggy with

from the initial selection on Aug. 20, 1979 in a con

colors being as true as possible with illustrations of this

vised by Wolfgang Kirmann. Horticultural examination


of selected units initiated in the spring of 1980 has dem onstrated that the combination of characteristics as herein disclosed for Peggy are ?rmly ?xed and are retained through successive generations of asexual re

Sheet 2 is a black and white print showing the upper surface of immature and mature plants of Peggy. In the following description color references are made to The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart

trolled environment in Bisamberg, Austria by a techni 25 type. cian working under formulations established and super Sheet 1 is a perspective view of a potted plant of


(RHS). The color values were determined at 9:00 am.

Peggy has not been observed under all possible envi ronmental conditions. The phenotype may vary signi? cantly with variations in environment such as tempera

on May 23, 1985 under 35,000 Lux light intensity in a

greenhouse at Hillscheid, Federal Republic of Ger many.

ture, light intensity, and day length. The following observations, measurements and comparisons describe plants grown in Bisamburg, Austria under conditions which approximate those generally used in commercial

practice. The following traits have been repeatedly observed


Botanical. —Pelarg0nium domestl'eum. Commercial. —Commonly referred to as a “Martha

Washington” geranium, and having the cultivar name Peggy.

and are determined to be basic characteristics of Peggy, which in combination distinguish this geranium as a new and distinct cultivar.

1. Light red-purple ?ower color variegated with dark red-purple at the throat of each petal.

2. Very early flowering and long ?owering period.


Average diameter. —Relatively large, 95-120 mm.

Peduncle Iength.—Normal. Pedicel length. —Normal.

3 B. Corolla:

Plant 6,020 4 _

Form-—Zygomorphic with a nectar spur.

Average diameter.—65-8O mm; ?oriferousness re

Margin. —Crenate to serrate and sharply indented.

sults in total in?orescence diameter extending

Color (upper surface).—Medium green. Tolerance of Botrytis and soil fungi. —-Good.

approximately to edge of foliage. Form. —Five‘six petals; symmetric.

B. General appearance and form: '

Color (general tonality from a distance of three me

Internode length. —Short.‘ Branching pattern. —Excellent.

ters). —Light purple with dark red-purple varie


gation at the approximate center of each petal.‘ I

Color (upper surface).—-73B, variegated with 60A. C. Bud:

I claim:

Shape. —Elongated. Color. —White with lilac.

Peggy, as described and illustrated, and particularly

D. Reproductive organs: Androecium.—-Red-yellow; 7 stamens. Gynoecium.—-Five to seven part.

characterized by its light red-purple ?ower color, varie gated with dark red-purple; very early ?owering; good 15

E. Spring flowering response period: Very early. F. Durability: Goo'd. _



1. A new and distinct cultivar of geranium named

bud production at night temperatures up to 16° C., thus providing a long and continuous ?owering period; com

pact, self-branching growth habit; very ?oriferous habit; and by its ease of propagation and good rooting habit.


A. Foliage:












Patent sap 22,1987

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Sep. 22,1987

Sheet2 0f2 _ Plant 6,020

Geranium plant named Peggy

Feb 25, 1979 - Plant 6,020. [11] Patent Number: ' Primary Examiner-Robert E. Bagwill. Kirmann. [45] Date of Patent: Sep. 22, 1987. '[54] GERANIUM-PLANT NAMED PEGGY. Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Schwartz, Jeffery, Schwaab,. M k, Bl th 1 & E. ;[75] Inventor: Wolfgang Kirmann, Langenzersdorf, ac umen a ' vans. Austria.

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