USO0PP20957P3

(12) United States Plant Patent

(10) Patent N0.:

Fulcher

(45) Date of Patent:

(54) AGAPANTHUS PLANT NAMED ‘NORTHERN STAR’ (50) Latin Name As‘qwmhus hybrida Vanetal Denommanon:

(76) Inventor;

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Int. Cl. A01H 5/00 (2006.01) (52) us. Cl. .................................................... .. Plt./398

N°rthern star

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Richard John Fulchers 1 Fourways

gig-fie;

Apr. 27, 2010

Field of Classi?cation Search ................. .. Flt/398

See application ?le for complete search history.

chumlelgh’ Devon (GB)

Primary ExamineriAnnette H Para (74) Attorney, Agent, or FirmiMark P. Bourgeois

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Notice:

Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35

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ABSTRACT

U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.

(21) App1.No.: 12/380,730 (22)

Filed:

A new cultivar of Agapanthus plant named ‘Northern Star’ that is characterized by green leaves with a violet base and a

Mar. 3, 2009

large number of violet ?owers. (65)

Prior Publication Data US 2009/0178170 P1

Jul. 9, 2009

1 Drawing Sheet

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Botanical classi?cation: Agapanthus hybrida.

4. ‘Northern Star’ exhibits ?owers that are darker violet blue than the ?owers of ‘Nikki’.

Variety denomination: ‘Northern Star’. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar

The accompanying photograph illustrates the distinguish ing traits of Agapanthus ‘Northern Star’. The plant in the

of A gapanthus plant botanically known as A gapanthus hybrida and hereinafter referred to by the cultivar name ‘Northern Star’. ‘Northern Star’ originated from a chance open pollination of a group of unnamed Agapanthus cultivars (not patented).

photograph shows an overall view of a 1 year old plant grown

outdoors in Fourways, Eggesford, Devon, United Kingdom. 10

‘Northern Star’ was discovered and selected as a single plant within the progeny of the chance open pollination in an out

The photograph was taken using conventional techniques and although colors may appear different from actual colors due to light re?ectance it is as accurate as possible by conven

tional photographic techniques.

door garden in Fourways, Eggesford, Devon, United King dom in the Summer of 1998. Asexual reproduction of the new cultivar ‘Northern Star’

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PLANT

?rst occurred by tissue culture in 2002 in Fourways, Egges ford, Devon, United Kingdom. Since that time, under careful

The following is a detailed description of the new A gapan thus cultivar named ‘Northern Star’. Data was collected in

observation, the unique characteristics of the new cultivar have been uniform, stable and reproduced true to type in

Fourways, Eggesford, Devon, United Kingdom from 1 year 20

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The following represent the distinguishing characteristics

old outdoor grown plants. The time of year was August and

the temperature range was 19421 degrees Centigrade during the day and 10412 degrees Centigrade at night. The light level

successive generations of asexual reproduction.

was natural outdoor light. Color determinations are in accor 25

of the new A gapanthus cultivar ‘Northern Star’. These traits

dance with The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart 2001 edition, except where general color terms of ordinary dictionary signi?cance are used. The growing requirements

in combination distinguish ‘Northern Star’ as a new and dis

are similar to the species. ‘Northern Star’ has not been tested

tinct cultivar apart from other existing known varieties of

under all possible conditions and phenotypic differences may be observed with variations in environmental, climatic, and cultural conditions, however, without any variance in geno

A gapanthus. 1. A gapanthus ‘Northern Star’ exhibits green leaves with a violet base.

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type Botanical classi?cation: A gapanthus hybrida ‘Northern

2. A gapanthus ‘Northern Star’ exhibits large violet ?owers. 3. Agapanthus ‘Northern Star’ exhibits a large number of ?owers.

The closest comparison cultivar is A gapanthus ‘Nikki’ (not patented). ‘Northern Star’ is distinguishable from ‘Nikki’ by the following characteristics: 1 . ‘Northern Star’ exhibits larger and more numerous ?ow ers than ‘Nikki’.

2. ‘Northern Star’ exhibits a larger overall siZe than ‘Nikki’. 3. ‘Northern Star’ exhibits longer scapes than ‘Nikki’.

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Star’. Use: Ornamental Perennial. Parentage: The exact parents of ‘Northern Star’ are unknown.

Vigor: High. Growth habit: Upright. Plant shape: Basal leaves with central ?owering scapes. Overall height: 100 cm. in height. Overall width: 80 cm. in width.

Low temperature tolerance: —5o Centigrade.

High temperature tolerance: 400 Centigrade.

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4 Tepal marginiRepand. Tepal apexiRounded.

Propagation: Tissue culture. Crop time: 6 months to produce a ?nished liner plant.

Tepal baseiRounded. Tepal length.i33 mm. in length.

Root system: Thick, ?eshy, White-grey in color.

Foliage: Leaf arrangementiBasal.

Tepal WldZl’Lill mm in Width.

Compound or singleisingle. Quantity of leaves per plantiAbout 20.

Tepal color when opening (upper side).i93A. Tepal color when opening (under side).i89D.

TextureiLeathery. Leaf shapeiLinear.

Tepal colorfully opened (upper side).i93A. Tepal colorfully opened (under side).i89D.

Leaf apexiAcute. Leaf baseACuneate. Leaf length. *575 cm. in length. Leaf width.i22.5 cm. in Width. PubescenceiAbsent. Leaf marginiEntire.

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Young leaf color (lower surface).il37A. Young leaf color (upper surface).il37A.

strength: Moderate. Reproduction organs:

Mature leaf color (lower surface) .il37A. Mature leaf color (upper surface) .il37A, base 92A. Vein color (under surface).il37A.

Vein color (upper surface) .il37A. Venation pattern. *Parallel. Leafattachmentisessile. FloWer: In?orescence arrangemenLACampanulate arranged in umbels on erect scapes.

Stamen number *AVerage 6. Anther shape.4OVal. 20

?oWers 25

Quantity of?owers and buds perplant.—3,500. Natural ?owering seasoniAugust. FragranceiNone.

Anther sizeiAverage 2 mm.

Anther colori97B. Amount ofpolleniHigh. Pollen color.*4A. Pistil numberiAverage l. Pistil lengtltiAverage 32 mm. in length. Stigma shapeiTri?d.

Stigma color—lO6B. Style length. *3O mm. Style coloril 07A.

In?orescence size.il8 cm. in length and 16 cm. in 30

Width.

Quantity of?owers per in?orescence.*Approximately 150.

Ovary coloril33A. Fruit/ seed:

Fruit typeACapsule. Quantity offruitil capsule per ?oWer, 100 capsules

Flower bud length.i25 mm. in length. Flower bud diameteri8 mm. in diameter.

Self-cleaning or persistent. *Persistent. PeduncleiPeduncle dimensions: 90 cm. in length and 10 mm. in diameter. Peduncle angle: 0° from Vertical. Peduncle color: 137A. Peduncle strength: Strong. PedicelsiPedicel dimensions: 45 mm. in length and 1.5 mm. in diameter. Pedicel color: 137A. Pedicel

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Fruit dimensions.i20 mm. in length and 11 mm. in

Flower bud shape.4Oblong.

diameter. Fruit coloril 36A. Seed size.i3 mm. in length and 1 mm. in diameter. Flower aspect. *Upright. Seed color.*202A. Flower shapeiCampanulate. Flower dimensions.i30 mm. in diameter and 33 mm. in 40 Disease and pest resistance: Plants of the neW cultivar have not been observed for disease and pest resistance. height.

Bud colori93A.

Flower longevityiApproximately 5 Weeks. Flower longevity as a cut ?owerilo days. Tepal texture. *Smooth. Number of tepals.i8.

The inVenIiOn Claimed iSZ 1. A neW and distinct Variety of A gapanthus plant named 45 ‘Northern Star’ as described and illustrated.

Fused or unfusediLower 50% are fused. Tepal shape.4Oblanceolate to ovate.

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Agapanthus plant named 'Northern Star'

Mar 3, 2009 - Prior Publication Data. US 2009/0178170 P1. Jul. ... Data was collected in. Fourways, Eggesford ... Self-cleaning or persistent. *Persistent.

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