Diascia F1 'Diamonte Coral Rose' (196665 bytes)

Diascia F1 'Diamonte Coral Rose'

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'Diamonte Coral Rose' is an improved variety in a class that was relatively unknown five years ago. Diascia is native to South Africa, like gerbera and dimorphotheca. 'Diamonte Coral Rose' exhibits earliness, freedom of bloom and hybrid vigor as improved traits. There is a connection among all three because as a breeder creates a hybrid, these multiple qualities are the breeding objectives. Hybrid vigor results in a long blooming season and profuse flowering which judges observed during the trial. 'Diamonte Coral Rose' is a frost tolerant annual. The plants perform well during the hot summer growing season and under cool growing conditions, such as the fall and winter seasons in southern locations. The category, Cool Season Bedding Plant Trial, means 'Diamonte Coral Rose' was tested at southern sites during the winter, and won the award.

'Diamonte Coral Rose' flowers are tubular with backward pointing spurs. The five-lobed blooms have broad lower lobes. 'Diamonte Coral Rose' plants have a spreading habit and are perfectly designed for any container. Planting them close to the lip will encourage the plant to cascade over the side. Needing a full sun growing location, 'Diamonte Coral Rose' combines well with other cool tolerant annuals, such as snapdragons or dianthus. Exceptional garden performance can be expected from 'Diamonte Coral Rose.'

AAS WINNER DATA

Genus species: Diascia intergerimma
Common name: Diascia
Unique qualities: Earlier flowering, better branching, and length of flowering period.
Flower size: 3/4 to 1 inch
Form Spike
Color(s): Coral rose
Plant height: 10 inches
Width: 18 inches
Garden Spacing: 12 inches
Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 60-70 days
Closest comparison(s) on market: 'Pink Queen,' 'Rose Queen'

Photo: Judy Sedbrook

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