Denomination: 'BBCAL27801'
Trade name: Superbells Morning Star
Botanical Name: Calibrachoa
Applicant/Holder: Plant 21 LLC
32149 Aquaduct Road
Bonsall, California
United States of America
Breeder: Brent D. Barnes, Plant 21 LLC, Bonsall, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2016-05-26
Application Number: 16-8930

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'KLECA14263' (MiniFamous Neo Salmon Pink + Eye)

Summary: The plants of 'BBCAL27801' are taller than those of 'KLECA14263'. The pedicel length of 'BBCAL27801' is longer than that of 'KLECA14263'. The anthocyanin colouration of the pedicel is medium to strong for 'BBCAL27801' while it is absent or very weak for 'KLECA14263'. The degree of lobing of the flower for 'BBCAL27801' is weak while it is medium for 'KLECA14263'. For the newly open flower, the shape of the colour change at the transition to the corolla tube for 'BBCAL27801' is star-shaped whereas it is rounded for 'KLECA14263'. The colour of the inner side of the corolla of 'BBCAL27801' is light blue violet with violet tones becoming light blue violet at maturity whereas the corolla of 'KLECA14263' is light blue pink becoming light blue violet at maturity. The main colour at the transition to the corolla tube for 'BBCAL27801' is violet and dark violet while it is dark purple red for 'KLECA14263'. The size of the marking at the transition to the corolla tube for 'BBCAL27801' is very large while it is absent to very small for 'KLECA14263'.


PLANT: upright to semi-upright growth habit

LEAF: medium to dark green on upper side, variegation is absent, obtuse apex

PEDICEL: medium to strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: single type, medium conspicuousness of veins, weak degree of lobing
COROLLA LOBE: truncate apex, inner side light blue violet (RHS 76C) with violet (RHS 75C) tones when newly open, inner side light blue violet (RHS 76C-D) with light blue violet (RHS 76A) secondary veins at maturity, inner side light blue violet (RHS 76C-D) when aged, fading to white (RHS NN155C) when very aged
AREA OF COLOUR CHANGE AT TRANSITION TO COROLLA TUBE: small to medium size, star-shaped, violet (redder than N78A) and dark violet (RHS N79A)
MARKING AT TRANSITION TO COROLLA TUBE (INNER SIDE): very large, star and wedge shaped, yellow (RHS 6B)
COROLLA TUBE (INNER SIDE): yellow (RHS 12A) and yellow orange (RHS13B), medium conspicuousness of veins

Origin & Breeding History: 'BBCAL27801' was bred and developed by the breeder, Brent D. Barnes, an employee of Plant 21 LLC, in Bonsall, California, USA. It originated from a controlled cross, conducted on November 13, 2013, in Bonsall, California, between the female parent, an unknown seedling coded '12C363-02' and the male parent, an unknown seedling coded '12C464-14'. From the resulting progeny, 'BBCAL27801' was selected on July 2, 2014 based on criteria for flower colour, colour pattern and plant branching habit. Asexual reproduction of 'BBCAL27801' was first conducted by vegetative cuttings on July 2, 2014, in Bonsall, California.

Tests & Trials: The comparative trial for 'BBCAL27801' was conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2017 at BioFlora Inc., in St. Thomas, Ontario. It included a total of 20 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. The plants were grown from rooted cuttings, with 4 cuttings transplanted into each of five, 26 cm hanging baskets per variety, on March 2, 2017. Unless otherwise stated, the observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants or 10 parts of plants, of each variety, on June 27, 2017. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'BBCAL27801' with reference variety 'KLECA14263'

Plant height (cm)

  'BBCAL27801' 'KLECA14263'
mean 20.4 18.2
std. deviation 0.89 0.84
number measured 5 5

Pedicel length (cm)

  'BBCAL27801' 'KLECA14263'
mean 1.8 1.3
std. deviation 0.21 0.30

Colour of inner side of corolla (RHS)

  'BBCAL27801' 'KLECA14263'
newly open 76C with tones of 75C 69A-B
at maturity 76C-D with 76A secondary veins 69C-D with 69B secondary veins
aged 76C-D NN155C with 69B tones along secondary veins
very aged NN155C -

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Calibrachoa: 'BBCAL27801' (left) with reference variety 'KLECA14263' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'BBCAL27801' (left) with reference variety 'KLECA14263' (right)

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