Denomination: 'AKIV344-01'
Trade name: Superbena Pink Parfait
Botanical Name: Verbena
Applicant/Holder: Plant 21 LLC
32149 Aquaduct Road
Bonsall, California
United States of America
Breeder: Akiko Takahashi, Plant 21 LLC, Shiga, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2009-03-27
Application Number: 09-6600
Grant of Rights Date: 2011-08-19
Certificate Number: 4147
Date rights surrendered: 2015-07-07

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Balazwhitim' (Aztec White Improved) and 'KLEVE04343' (Lascar Light Pink)

Summary: The plant of 'AKIV344-01' has a creeping growth habit while the plant of 'Balazwhitim' has an upright growth habit. The stem of 'AKIV344-01' has medium anthocyanin colouration while the stem of 'Balazwhitim' has absent to very weak anthocyanin and the stem of 'KLEVE04343' has weak anthocyanin. The leaf blade of 'AKIV344-01' is longer than the leaf blade of the reference varieties. The leaf of 'AKIV344-01' has no divisions on the margin while the leaf of 'KLEVE04343' is divided. The corolla of 'AKIV344-01' is violet on the upper side when fully open while the corolla of 'Balazwhitim' is white.


PLANT: creeping growth habit
STEM: dense pubescence, light green, medium anthocyanin colouration on middle third

LEAF: ovate, cuneate base, no divisions, crenate margin incisions, upper side medium green with no anthocyanin colouration

INFLORESCENCE: broad ovate in profile
CAYLX: no anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA TUBE: hairs purple at tip
COROLLA LOBES: free to touching, longitudinal axis incurved, medium to strong margin undulation, one colour on upper side, shaded colour pattern, lighter towards apex, upper side light blue pink (RHS 62B-C) with purple to blue pink (RHS N74B-C) towards base when newly opened, violet (RHS 75C-D) with blue pink (RHS N74C-D) towards base when fully opened, lower side light blue violet (RHS 76D), weakly fading with age
COROLLA EYE: very small, whitish green.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'AKIV344-01' originated from a controlled cross made in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan on July 14, 2006. The female parent was a proprietary seedling designated VJ05-16-01 and the male parent was a proprietary seedling designated 06V53-02. The new verbena was selected as a single plant from the resultant progeny on June 14, 2007 in Bonsall, California, USA. The variety was selected based on flower colour, flower size and good resistance to powdery mildew. The variety was first propagated by vegetative cuttings on June 18, 2007 in Bonsall, California, USA.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'AKIV344-01' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2010, in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11 cm pots on May 4, 2010. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 9, 2010. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'AKIV344-01' with reference varieties 'Balazwhitim' and 'KLEVE04343'

Leaf blade length (mm)

  'AKIV344-01' 'Balazwhitim' 'KLEVE04343'
mean 45.6 31.3 34.3
std. deviation 2.22 1.95 1.77

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'AKIV344-01' 'Balazwhitim' 'KLEVE04343'
upper side - newly opened 62B-C, N74B-C at base NN155C 73A
upper side - fully opened 75C-D, N74C-D at base NN155C 68B with 69D shades
lower side 76D NN155C 75B-D

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Verbena: 'AKIV344-01' (left) with reference varieties 'Balazwhitim' (centre) and 'KLEVE04343' (right)

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Verbena: 'AKIV344-01' (left) with reference varieties 'Balazwhitim' (centre) and 'KLEVE04343' (right)

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