Pink Pearl

Oriental Poppy

Denomination: 'Pink Pearl'
Botanical Name: Papaver orientale
Applicant/Holder: Future Plants Licentie B.V.
Turfspoor 53A
2165 AW
Lisserbroek
Netherlands
Breeder: Hubertus Gerardus Oudshoorn, Rijpwetering, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Canada
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2005-10-06
Application Number: 05-5093
Grant of Rights Date: 2011-12-12
Certificate Number: 4247
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2029-12-12

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Little Candyfloss' and 'Helen Elizabeth'

Summary: The plant height of 'Pink Pearl' is taller than the plant height of 'Little Candyfloss'. The stem of 'Pink Pearl' is medium green in colour while the stem of 'Little Candyfloss' is dark green. The leaf blade of 'Pink Pearl' is longer than the leaf blade of the reference varieties. The upper side of the leaf blade is medium green in colour while the leaf blade of 'Little Candyfloss' is dark green. The peduncle is longer for 'Pink Pearl' than for 'Little Candyfloss'. The flower of 'Pink Pearl' is larger in diameter than the flowers of the reference varieties. The upper side of the petal of 'Pink Pearl' is light red pink to red pink (RHS 41D - 49A) while the petal of 'Little Candyfloss' is red pink to light red pink (RHS 49A-B) and the petal of 'Helen Elizabeth' is light red pink (RHS 49B-C). The petal of 'Pink Pearl' has a band type petal blotch while the petal of 'Helen Elizabeth' has no petal blotch.

Description:

PLANT: bushy-rounded growth habit, sparse branching
STEM: medium green, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration, absent or very weak glaucosity, sparse to medium pubescence

LEAF: alternate and rosette arrangement, simple, oblanceolate, acute apex, lobed margin, sparse to medium pubescence on upper side, medium green on upper side

PEDUNCLE: absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration

FLOWER: one short flowering period, early time of flowering, simple type, terminal in position, erect attitude
PETAL: very overlapping, few in number, reniform shape, upper side light red pink (RHS 41D) to red pink (RHS 49A), lower side red pink (RHS 49A), band type petal blotch present, blotch black (RHS 202A), sinuate incisions present
FILAMENT: violet
ANTHER: violet to blackish.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Pink Pearl' originated from a cross made between unnamed selections in Rijpwetering, The Netherlands in 2004. The objective of the breeding program was to create new poppy varieties with improved form and improved floral traits.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Pink Pearl' were conducted during the summer of 2010 in Oxford Station, Ontario. Nine plants of the candidate variety, seven plants of the reference 'Little Candyfloss' and ten plants of the reference variety 'Helen Elizabeth' were grown in field plots. Plants were spaced approximately 45 cm apart within the row and rows were spaced one metre apart. Observations and measurements were taken on nine plants of the candidate variety, seven plants of the reference 'Little Candyfloss' and ten plants of the reference 'Helen Elizabeth'. Colours were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.


Comparison tables for 'Pink Pearl' with reference varieties 'Little Candyfloss' and 'Helen Elizabeth'

Plant height (cm)

  'Pink Pearl' 'Little Candyfloss' 'Helen Elizabeth'
mean 48.25 35.10 48.50
std. deviation 2.19 0.98 5.50

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Pink Pearl' 'Little Candyfloss' 'Helen Elizabeth'
mean 33.10 28.20 28.63
std. deviation 1.44 3.56 1.11

Peduncle length (cm)

  'Pink Pearl' 'Little Candyfloss' 'Helen Elizabeth'
mean 45.40 32.30 46.50
std. deviation 2.70 1.20 4.51

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Pink Pearl' 'Little Candyfloss' 'Helen Elizabeth'
mean 10.33 7.56 8.39
std. deviation 1.08 1.16 0.61

Colour of petal (RHS)

  'Pink Pearl' 'Little Candyfloss' 'Helen Elizabeth'
upper side 41D - 49A 49A-B 49B-C
lower side 49A 49A 49B

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Pink Pearl
Oriental Poppy: 'Pink Pearl' (top right) with reference varieties 'Little Candyfloss' (top left) and 'Helen Elizabeth' (bottom)

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