'Diamonte Coral Rose'
'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
Flower size: 3/4 to 1 inch
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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