2017 Louisiana State University Field Trials Results

The Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter Hammond Research Station trialed approximately 250 new variety entries this year in Hammond, LA. Weather in spring to late summer was wetter than normal, and spring temperatures were much cooler. The trials experienced fewer days below 90°F than is normally expected.

The trial gardens also got a new trial garden coordinator, Yan Chen, who took over after the retirement of Allen Owings, a Professor and Research Coordinator at LSU.

Top Performers

Coleus ‘Flame Thrower Salsa Verde (Selecta)

Begonia ‘Whopper Rose with Bronze Leaf Improved’ (Ball Ingenuity)

Begonia ‘MegaWatt Red Bronze Leaf’ (PanAmerican Seed)

New Guinea Impatiens ‘Divine Red Improved’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Hot Pepper ‘Mad Hatter’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Lantana Bloomify Series (Ball FloraPlant)

Pentas ‘Lucky Star Pink’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Pentas ‘Lucky Star Dark Red’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Pentas ‘Lucky Star Lavender’  (PanAmerican Seed)

Ornamental Pepper ‘Midnight Fire’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Raspberry Ripple’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Best of Show

Alternanthera ‘Purple Prince’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Unique Varieties

Ornamental Sugar Cane ‘Pele’s Smoke’

Snack Pepper ‘Candy Cane Red’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Amaranthus ‘Hot Biscuits’

Best of the Early Season (Spring)

Phlox ‘Gisele White’ (Selecta)

Dianthus ‘Jolt Pink Magic’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Petunia ‘ColorRush Pink Vein’ (Ball FloraPlant)

Verbena ‘EnduraScape Blue Improved’ (Ball FloraPlant)

Ornamental Millet ‘Copper Prince’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Best of the Summer

Coleus ‘Flame Thrower Salsa Verde’ (Selecta)

New Guinea Impatiens ‘Divine Red Improved’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Best of the Fall

Sunflower ‘Autumn Gold Willowleaf’ (Darwin Perennials)

Miscanthus ‘Bandwidth’ (Darwin Perennials)

Sunflower ‘Sunfinity’ (Syngenta Flowers)

Surprise of the Trials

Lavandula ‘Meerlo’  (Southern Living Plant Collection)

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