|Botanical Name:||Plectranthus scutellarioides|
Florida Foundation Seed Producers, Inc.
P.O. Box 309
United States of America
David Clark, Greenwood, United States of America
Grayson M. Clark, Greenwood, United States of America
|Agent in Canada:||
38723 Fingal Line
St. Thomas, Ontario
Variety used for comparison: 'Saturn'
Summary: The plant of 'UF08174' is shorter than the plant of 'Saturn'. The stem of 'UF08174' has strong anthocyanin colouration at the nodes while the stem of 'Saturn' has weak to medium anthocyanin. The leaf blade of 'UF08174' has medium to deep incisions on the margin while the leaf blade of 'Saturn' has shallow to medium incisions. The midrib and secondary veins on the upper side of the leaf of 'UF08174' are a dull black while the midrib and secondary veins on the upper side of the leaf of 'Saturn' are light green. The lower side of the leaf of 'UF08174' is light green with brown purple speckles while the lower side of the leaf of 'Saturn' is dark brown with light green speckles. The petiole of 'UF08174' has absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration while the petiole of 'Saturn' has medium anthocyanin.
PLANT: bushy-rounded growth habit, many branches
STEM: light green, strong anthocyanin colouration at nodes, sparse pubescence with medium pubescence at nodes, medium thickness, edged shape
LEAF: simple, ovate, acute apex, attenuate base, medium to deep crenate to dentate margin incisions, medium pubescence on upper side, sparse pubescence on lower side with medium pubescence along veins, variegation present
UPPER SIDE: black (duller than RHS N186A) midrib and secondary veins, interveinal area brown purple (RHS N77A) with black (RHS N186A) tones and spots of light green (RHS 144A), margin edge light green (RHS 144A)
LOWER SIDE: light green (RHS 139D) with specks of brown purple (RHS N77A) throughout
PETIOLE: present, absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration.
Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'UF08174' originated from an open pollination conducted in Gainesville, Florida, USA in 2007. The female parent was the variety 'UF043633' and the male parent was unknown. The initial selection of 'UF08174' was made in May 2008, based on its consistent maroon coloured foliage accented with lime green coloured margins, mounded growth habit, overall vigour and late flowering. Asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings.
Tests & Trials: Trials for 'UF08174' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2012 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 20 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 15 cm pots on May 14, 2012. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 18, 2012. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.
Comparison tables for 'UF08174' with reference variety 'Saturn'
Plant height (cm)
Colour of leaf blade (RHS)
|upper side (midrib, secondary veins)||N186A (duller than)||N144A (brighter than)|
|lower side||139D with N77A specks||N186C (more grey than) 144C specks|
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