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Denomination: 'Bodcomred'
Trade name: Napoleon Red
Botanical Name: Glandularia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: John Bodger and Sons Company
1800 North Tyler Avenue
South El Monte, California
United States of America
Breeder: Yoshiro Arimitsu, Lompoc, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2001-10-02
Application Number: 01-2845
Date abandoned: 2007-12-10

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Quartz Red'

Summary: 'Bodcomred' has a darker leaf with a crenate margin while it is crenate to dentate margin in 'Quartz Red'. The leaf petiole of 'Bodcomred' is slightly longer than in 'Quartz Red'. 'Bodcomred' has a slightly smaller diameter corolla than 'Quartz Red'. The lobes of the corolla in 'Bodcomred' are incurved to straight while they are straight to recurved for 'Quartz Red'. 'Bodcomred' has a slightly oranger dark purple-red corolla colour than 'Quartz Red'.


'Bodcomred' is an annual plant with an upright growth habit. The stems have sparse to medium pubescence and are medium to dark green in colour. The leaves are lanceolate to narrow elliptic in shape with an obtuse shaped base, no divisions and crenate margins. The leaves are dark green. There is a leaf petiole present.

The inflorescences produced by 'Bodcomred' have a broad obovate shape in profile. The calyx has anthocyanin colouration present on the upper part of the teeth area. The corolla tube is medium in length and has white to light green-yellow hairs protruding at the opening of the throat. The corolla has overlapping lobes that are incurved to straight along the longitudinal axis. The corolla margin has weak undulation. The florets are single, and mainly dark purple-red in colour, with no eye zone present. There are no petal markings.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Bodcomred' was developed from a verbena breeding program conducted at John Bodger & Sons Co. Greenhouses in Lompoc, California, USA. The breeding objectives were to develop verbena with compact bush-type habit and attractive flower colours. The original cross took place in 1986 using 'Tropical Scarlet' x 'Romance Scarlet'. The final selection occured in 2000.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Bodcomred' were conducted in a polyhouse in Oxford Station, Ontario during the summer of 2005. The trials consisted of ten plants per variety. Unless indicated otherwise, measured characteristics were based on ten measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Bodcomred' with reference variety 'Quartz Red'

Petiole length (mm)

  'Bodcomred' 'Quartz Red'
mean 5.00 3.50
std. deviation 1.22 0.71

Corolla diameter (mm)

  'Bodcomred' 'Quartz Red'
mean 15.88 18.83
std. deviation 1.86 2.32

Colour of upper side of corolla (RHS)

  'Bodcomred' 'Quartz Red'
primary 46A 53A
secondary 45A 155C

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Verbena: 'Bodcomred' (left) with reference variety 'Quartz Red' (right)

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