Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Verticordia 'Venus Princess' is a hybrid between Verticordia tumida and possibly Verticordia blepharophylla. It originated in the garden of NJ and P Moyle of Mandurah WA as a self-sown seedling. The name 'Venus' is a signatory of Moyle's nursery whilst 'Princess' signifies this plants outstanding beauty. The cultivar was first received by the Authority on 17 December 1990. Registration applied for by Patricia and Norman Moyle, Lot 224 Mulga Drive, Mandurah WA 6210.
DESCRIPTION: A dense compact rounded shrub to 45cm high by 45cm wide after 4 years growth. The leaves are medium green, slightly ciliate, opposite, moderately open, 3mm long by 2mm wide with prominent oil glands. The flowers are mauve pink to 13mm across, held in dense terminal spike-like group s to 8cm long. The flowering period in WA is from November to March.
DIAGNOSIS: Verticordia 'Venus Princess' differs from Verticordia tumida, in its larger and more openly arranged leaves, its larger, flowering spike-like groups, flower colour and flowering period. It varies from Verticordia blepharophylla in its narrow leaves, with less conspicuous cilia, denser flower spike-like groups and more intense pink flower colour.
CULTIVATION NOTES: This cultivar is drought tolerant and moderately frost tolerant. Appears to be resistant to foliage and flower fungal diseases. Propagation must be by vegetative means to preserve the cultivar form.
COLOUR CODES: RHS Chart 1966
fresh flowers: purple group 78B
mature flowers: red purple group 62D to orange white group 159C. Varies between these groups
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC481; ACRA497; CBG9012284
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 16 October 1992