“IT’S SO CUTE, WOW, WOW, WOW!” Sakata’s Profusion Zinnia Red Yellow Bicolor Announced 2021 AAS Gold Medalist
Sakata Seed America is thrilled to announce that one of Sakata’s new ornamental introductions for 2021/22, Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor zinnia, has been named not only an AAS Winner for 2021, but an AAS Gold Medalist. During the past 16 years, no variety has been selected by AAS (All-American Selections) as a Gold Medalist, making this a landmark achievement for Sakata’s Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor zinnia.
Described by multiple AAS judges as, ‘So Cute, Wow, Wow, Wow!,’ this variety stole the show to get the gold; an honor that hasn’t been achieved since 2004 and is described by the AAS organization as an award reserved for ‘true breeding breakthroughs.’
According to a press release from AAS, ‘This gorgeous zinnia starts the season with a bold vibrant red center ring surrounded by golden yellow outer petals. As the season progresses, the aging flowers morph into soft, beautiful shades of apricot, salmon, and dusty rose bringing a plethora of color to the garden, all from one variety! Trial garden visitors clamored over this floriferous and compact plant during the summer trials noting how well the plant continued to bloom new flowers over old so there was never a decline in the beauty presented by Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor.’
The Profusion zinnia line was first introduced to the United States market in 1999. Since, this extraordinary series has developed seven AAS winning colors between the Profusion and Profusion Double series. In fact, this series is so phenomenal, it became the first flower to be grown in space! In mid-January 2016, Scott Kelly, Expedition Commander on the International Space Station, tweeted a photo of a blooming zinnia at the International Space Station 250 miles above earth with the hashtag, #SpaceFlower.
‘This is a truly exciting market introduction from the Sakata team. The Profusion zinnia line has provided decades of excellent performance for the industry and home gardeners alike, and the new Red Yellow Bicolor is no exception,’ states Joe Cimino. ‘The AAS Gold Medal is by no means awarded annually but, instead, given only when a variety is nonpareil, which is what we have here. This introduction is a culmination of the hard work and passion of many on the Sakata team and we’re proud to continue our legacy of quality and innovation with Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor zinnia.’
Taken from https://sakataornamentals.com/articles/news-sakata-announces-aas-gold/
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