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Denomination: 'Sunmaricoho'
Trade name: Temari Patio White Improved
Botanical Name: Glandularia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Breeder: Tomoya Misato, Suntory Flowers Limited, Yamanashi, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2013-01-23
Application Number: 13-7870
Grant of Rights Date: 2015-06-30
Certificate Number: 5075
Date rights surrendered: 2016-06-30

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balazwite' (Aztec White)

Summary: The colour on the upper side of the leaf blade is medium green for 'Sunmaricoho' while the leaf blade of 'Balazwite' is grey green. The leaf of 'Sunmaricoho' has a shorter petiole than the leaf of 'Balazwite'. In profile view, the shape of the inflorescence of 'Sunmaricoho' is broad ovate while the inflorescence of 'Balazwite' is cylindric. 'Sunmaricoho' has no corolla eye while 'Balazwite' has a very small, green yellow corolla eye. The arrangement of the corolla lobes is not touching for 'Sunmaricoho' while the corolla lobes of 'Balazwite' are touching. The corolla tube of 'Sunmaricoho' is longer than the corolla tube of 'Balazwite'. Undulation of the margin of the corolla lobe is of medium strength for 'Sunmaricoho' while it is strong for 'Balazwite'.


PLANT: semi-upright growth habit
STEM: absent or very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration

LEAF BLADE: ovate shape, no divisions, dentate margin incisions, medium green on upper side, no anthocyanin colouration on upper side

INFLORESCENCE: broad ovate shape in profile view
CALYX: no anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: arrangement of lobes is not touching
COROLLA (INNER SIDE): one colour, even colour pattern, white (RHS NN155C), no change of colour with age
COROLLA LOBE: incurved along longitudinal axis, medium strength undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: tip of protruding hairs is white

Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunmaricoho' was bred during the period of September to October 2006 in an isolated area of the Omi Research and Development Center of Suntory Flowers Ltd., in Higashiomi-shi, Shiga, Japan. The objective of this breeding was to create new Verbena varieties with compact, upright and mounding growth habit, abundant branching, and white flowers. 'Sunmaricoho' originated from a controlled cross pollination between the proprietary varieties 'VW416' as the female parent and '02H-11-2' as the male parent. The resulting seeds were germinated, grown to maturity, and in October 2007, one plant was selected for its growth habit and flower colour. This selected plant was propagated by cuttings and grown in trials from April to November 2009 to examine its botanical characteristics. It was later named 'Sunmaricoho'.

Tests & Trials: The comparative trial of 'Sunmaricoho' was conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2014 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. It included a total of 20 plants each of the candidate and reference variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings which were transplanted into 15.2 cm shallow pots on April 23, 2014. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 3, 2014. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Sunmaricoho' with reference variety 'Balazwite'

Petiole length (mm)

  'Sunmaricoho' 'Balazwite'
mean 3.7 7.3
std. deviation 0.67 0.95

Corolla tube length (cm)

  'Sunmaricoho' 'Balazwite'
mean 2.3 1.9
std. deviation 0.07 0.07

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Verbena: 'Sunmaricoho' (left) with reference variety 'Balazwite' (right)

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Verbena: 'Sunmaricoho' (left) with reference variety 'Balazwite' (right)

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Verbena: 'Sunmaricoho' (left) with reference variety 'Balazwite' (right)

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