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Dwarf Coreopsis variety named Coreopsis grandiflora `Sundancer`
PP7823 Dwarf Coreopsis variety named Coreopsis grandiflora `Sundancer`
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Inventor: Dupont, et al.
Date Issued: March 10, 1992
Application: 07/552,001
Filed: July 12, 1990
Inventors: Dupont, Jr.; Robert J. (Plaquemine, LA)
Dupont; Robert J. (Plaquemine, LA)
Assignee: Dupont's Nursery (Plaquemine, LA)
Primary Examiner: Feyrer; James R.
Assistant Examiner:
Attorney Or Agent: Roberts, Jr.; Reginald F.
U.S. Class: PLT/263
Field Of Search: Plt/68
International Class:
U.S Patent Documents:
Foreign Patent Documents:
Other References: Anon., "The Seed Catalogue" printed by Thompson and Morgan, P.O. Box 308, Jackson, N.J. 08527, 1986, p. 57..
Pettingill, A. "Coreopsis", The White-Flower-Farm Garden Book, 1977, Little, Brown and Co., Boston, p. 102..









Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Coreopsis grandiflora Haag ez Sweet, resulting from a selection of a crop of seedlings of Coreopsis grandiflora `Sunray`, characterized by its exceptional dwarfism, its unique spreading habit, and its early blooming.
Claim: We claim:

1. A new and distinct cultivar of Coreopsis grandiflora, characterized as to novelty by its exceptional dwarfism coupled with double flower, its unique spreading habit, and its earlyand continuous blooming, substantially as shown and described.
Description: BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Coreopsis grandiflora Haag es Sweet, resulting from a selection of a seedling of Coreopsis grandiflora `Sunray.` Applicants have asexually reproduced the plant by stem cuttings.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The primary features of this new variety which connote its distinctive advance over existing types are: (a) its exceptional dwarfism, the height of the plant being from about fifteen to about twenty centimeters; (b) double blossoms, about fivecentimeters in diameter; (c) blooms almost continuously throughout the year in the South, without the pinching of spent blooms; and (d) its spreading habit, forming masses up to one hundred centimeters in width.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

The single drawing (the FIGURE) is a photograph of the plant claimed by applicants.

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PLANT

The following constitutes a detailed description of the new variety, the plant being illustrated by the accompanying photograph of a specimen thereof in natural color.

Type: Hardy, herbaceous perennial.

Propagation: Reproduced by vegetative propagation only; holds its distinctive character through successive propagations. Seed produced is not viable.

Flowers: Borne solitary on long, naked peduncles ranging from four to sixteen centimeters in length. Double blooms are five centimeters in diameter. Disk and ray flowers are present with color and form identical to parent variety. All flowerparts are present and seeds are formed, but their size is about two millimeters and they appear unexpanded, whereas seed of `Sunray` is about four millimeters long and much fatter. Otherwise seed shape is same as for `Sunray`.

Stems: Usually several, fifteen to twenty-five centimeters in length; glabrous, or, especially near the base, spreading-villous, leafy below subnaked and elongated above. Internode lengths from one half to eight centimeters.

Leaves: Spatulate to linear or lance-linear, simple or with one or two pairs of small lateral lobes, glabrous to villous or hirsute, the lower long-petiolate, up to fifteen centimeters long including petioles and two centimeters wide, the othersreduced and sessile or nearly so. Foliage4 color is the same as parent variety.

Growth: Dwarf, spreading without the use of growth retardents, stems become prostrate as they lengthen, often rooting at the nodes, with terminals remaining upright. `Sunray` and others of the species remain more nearly entirely upright.

Hardiness: Survived five degrees Fahrenheit temperature at Plaquemine, La. in December of 1989.

Coreopsis grandiflora `Sundancer` has a more dwarf habit than any other cultivar of Coreopsis grandiflora with double blossoms, including the parent variety `Sunray`. It blooms almost continuously throughout the year in the South, whereas theparent variety has a much more limited period of bloom. In spreading, `Sundancer` forms horizontal masses up to one-hundred centimeters in width, whereas the masses formed by `Sunray` are much narrower and more nearly upright or vertical. In spreading,the stems of `Sundancer` become prostrate as they lengthen, whereas those of `Sunray` remain nearly upright. In contrast with `Sunray`, the parent variety, `Sundancer` is characterized with double blossoms about five centimeters in diameter, whereasthose of `Sunray` are much larger. Seeds of `Sundancer` are about two millimeters and unexpanded; seeds of `Sunray` are about four millimeters long and much fatter.

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