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Title: ALREADY IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: FOUR CULTIVARS OF IOCHROMA

Author
item Meerow, Alan
item Schoellhorn, Rick
item Kartuz, Michael

Submitted to: Greenhouse Grower Magazine
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/1/2004
Publication Date: 8/1/2004
Citation: Meerow, A.W., Schoellhorn, R.J., Kartuz, M. 2004. Already in our own backyard: four cultivars of Iochroma. Greenhouse Grower Magazine.

Interpretive Summary: We announce the formal recognition and release of four distinct color forms of Iochroma cyaneum, 'Indigo', 'Royal Blue', 'Sky King', and 'Wine Red'. All have shown remarkable heat tolerance in south Florida, given their elevation range in habitat. We believe that these fast-growing, ever-blooming, and easy to propagate cultivars have great potential for use as landscape shrubs in USDA Hardiness Zones 9B-11, root-hardy perennials in Zones 8B-9A, and as annuals and/or flowering pot plants in all zones. Material of these cultivars is available for research purposes through the National Plant Germplasm System.

Technical Abstract: See Interpretive Summary.