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Sappho Phaoon
Currently Unavailable
Hybridiser: de Cooker, Mario, (NL)
Year Introduced: 2011
Height 65cm
Spread 56cm


To see at its best, site in dappled shade, flower colour fades in direct sun. Especially good if grown from early (January or February) cuttings, and pinched once or twice. A truly beautiful fuchsia, that shows its triphylla origins in the clusters of tubular flowers. The triphylla genes are heavily diluted though, so the tubes are not really long, and it has normal fuchsia foliage.

Tube: Amaranth pink 49A, long.

Sepals: Amaranth pink above, paler 49B below, rose edge, held horizontally, tips recurved.

Corolla: Pale pink, matures amaranth pink with rose picotee edge. Short, spoon shaped petals have wavy edges. Bell shaped, unflared.

Parentage: (((Göttingen x Our Ted) x (Göttingen x Our Ted)) x F.splendens tetraploid)) x ((Checkerboard x Machu Picchu) x (Checkerboard x Machu Picchu)).

AFS 7982, NKvF 4928

Sappho Phaoon – No 7982 (De Cooker 2012)

Single. Upright/Trailer

COROLLA: unflared, wavy petal margins, bell shape; opens light pink (49B); matures pink (49A); 12mm (7/16) long x 9mm (5/16) wide

SEPALS are horizontal, tips recurved; pink (49A) upper surface; light pink (49B) lower surface; 20mm (3/4) long x 18mm (11/16) wide

TUBE is pink (49A); medium length & thickness; 36mm (1 7/16) long x 9mm (5/16) wide

STAMENS extend 1mm (1/16) beyond the corolla; white filaments; pale yellow green (150D) anthers

PISTIL extends 18mm (11/16) beyond the corolla; light pink (49C) style; dark rose (51A) stigma

BUD is triphylla shape

FOLIAGE is medium green (137B) upper surface; medium green (138B) lower surface

Leaves are 73mm (2 7/8) long x 50mm (2) wide, elliptic shaped, serrate edges, acute tips, rounded bases

Veins are dark green, stems & branches are red

PARENTAGE: {[(Göttingen x Our Ted) x (Göttingen x Our Ted)] x F. splendens tetraploid} x [(Checkerboard x Machu Picchu) x (Checkerboard x Machu Picchu)]

Lax upright or stiff trailer

Self branching

Makes good basket

Prefers overhead filtered light

Best bloom & foliage color in filtered light

Tested 3 years in Ohé en Laak, The Netherlands

Nominated by NKvF as recommendable cultivar

Distinguished by flower shape & color.

Sappho Phaoon

Hybridiser: M. de Cooker 2011 NL

Seed Donor: {(Göttingen Our Ted x) x (x Göttingen Our Ted)} x F. splendens tetraploid

Pollen Donor: (Checkerboard Machu Picchu x) x (x Checkerboard Machu Picchu)

NKvF number: 4928

AFS number: 7982

Approval Number: 110210

Points: 81

Flower: Single hanging on a loose neutral stem, pink / pink, 48mm.

Flower Tube: tube, diameter round, pink 49A, 36x9mm.

Sepals: horizontal position, symmetry four sides, top and sectional plane, color outside and pink top 49A, 49B inside pink, 20x18mm.

Petals: bell-shaped crown, bottom view around, not outstanding, the stemmed petals are diamond shaped with a tip and are pleated, color base and middle light pink 49B, 49A outskirts pink, dark pink edge, 12x9mm.

Filament : white, equal in length, 10mm.

Anther: yellow.

Pollen: missing.

Style: pink, 59mm.

Stigma: pink, lobed.

Flowering: normal.

Flowering: normal.

Bud: triphyllas shape, diameter round, axillary one button per leaf axil, normally open top.

Berry: No, let flower and berry fall.

Leaf: elliptical shape, top striker foot rounded edge slightly serrated, matt appearance, velvety and lumpy veins deepens, color top, bottom and dark green veins, midrib and petiole red.

Growth habit: half pendant.

Cultivation Method: hanger for filtered light, best color in filtered light.

Special features: Self-branching plant that become more beautiful by repeatedly topping, with delicate flowers. This is a cultivar nominated by the NKvF.

The trailing fuchsia triphylla hybrid cultivar 'Sappho Phaoon' has, amongst others, 'Gottingen' and 'Our Ted' in its parentage. Best colour is obtained if the pink flowers are protected from direct sunlight. It is best grown from January or February cuttings, which should be pinched once or twice. Growing an older plant is also possible, but will provide far from optimal results.

The fuchsia 'Sappho Phaoon' is named after one of the Airedale Terriers of the family.

Certificates & Nominations NKvF RC
Flower Size
Large (4.5 - 6cm) #
Flower Type
Single #
Semi Trailing #
H1c (Min 5°C to 10°C) #
Tubular Flower #