I guess I'm
saying that there is a difference between a sport and a selection that is
stable. It's a sport if there is some genetic change in the plant, and a
selection if it's within the normal range of what the plant looks like. There is
nothing wrong with stabilizing and naming a selection of a cultivar. This has
been done before. It just should be called a selection instead of a sport. If a
wide-margin version of a plant has a ploidy change in the margin or center
tissue, it would then be a sport. Although this may seem trivial when it comes
to descriptions, I think it is important to understand that a plant has a range.
The different forms of 'June' are all 'June' unless someone decides to
name them. Then the named one is a named selection of 'June'. A selection
shouldn't be named unless it's stable, because that would make things pretty
confusing. 'Dream Weaver', unless there is a genetic change like ploidy or a
different color center, should be described as a wide-margined selection of
'Great Expectations', which tends to have a variable margin. The same goes for
the other plants. As far as "allowed" goes, you can introduce anything you want.
Why is the 'Wide Brim' striking?
I cant wholeheartedly agree with your reasoning here I am
afraid. I support your view that margins (etc) vary in the same cultivar, but
where do you draw the line? When are you "allowed" to introduce Dream
Weaver, Liberty or even Regal Affair?
PS I have a super Wide Brim from "Walmart" that is striking
if maybe not 100% strikingly different.