Denomination: 'PEZZ0002'
Trade name: Starcluster White
Botanical Name: Pentas lanceolata
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Jason Jandrew, Mountain View, 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: 2012-11-02
Application Number: 12-7779
Grant of Rights Date: 2014-10-29
Certificate Number: 4940
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2032-10-29

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Galaxy Polaris'

Summary: The middle third of the stems of 'PEZZ0002' have longer internodes than those of 'Galaxy Polaris'. The stems of 'PEZZ0002' have anthocyanin colouration present whereas those of 'Galaxy Polaris' have none. The leaf blades of 'PEZZ0002' are dark green on the upper side whereas those of 'Galaxy Polaris' are medium green. The leaf blades of 'PEZZ0002' have dense pubescence and very strong blistering whereas those of 'Galaxy Polaris' have medium pubescence and strong blistering. The corolla tube of 'PEZZ0002' is light blue pink whereas that of 'Galaxy Polaris' is white. The stigma of 'PEZZ0002' has large lobes whereas that of 'Galaxy Polaris' has medium sized lobes.


PLANT: upright growth habit
STEM: medium green, anthocyanin colouration present

LEAF BLADE: ovate, upper side dark green, dense pubescence, very strong blistering

INFLORESCENCE: rounded upper side
COROLLA LOBE: semi-erect attitude, ovate, one colour on upper side, upper side white (RHS NN155B)
COROLLA THROAT: whitish distal part of hairs on inner side
COROLLA TUBE: light blue pink (RHS 62D)
ANTHER: located below top of limb, yellowish pollen
STIGMA: large lobes, white lobes

Origin & Breeding History: 'PEZZ0002' originated from a controlled cross conducted in October 2007, in Gilroy, California, USA between the female parent, a proprietary line identified as 209-2, and the male parent, a proprietary line identified as 209-3. The new variety was bred and developed by the breeder Jason Jandrew as part of a controlled breeding program. The resultant seed from the cross was sown in a greenhouse in May 2008. In September 2008, the new Pentas variety 'PEZZ0002' was selected as a single plant from the progeny based on flower colour and plant habit.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'PEZZ0002' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2013 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 21 plants of the candidate variety and 11 plants of the reference variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 8 cm pots in late July 2013. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on September 19, 2013. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'PEZZ0002' with reference variety 'Galaxy Polaris'

Length of stem internodes (middle third) (cm)

  'PEZZ0002' 'Galaxy Polaris'
mean 3.7 2.5
std. deviation 0.43 0.47

Colour of corolla tube (RHS)

  'PEZZ0002' 'Galaxy Polaris'
outer side 62D more green than 155A

Click on image for larger view
Pentas: 'PEZZ0002' (left) with reference variety 'Galaxy Polaris' (right)

Click on image for larger view
Pentas: 'PEZZ0002' (left) with reference variety 'Galaxy Polaris' (right)

Click on image for larger view
Pentas: 'PEZZ0002' (left) with reference variety 'Galaxy Polaris' (right)

Date modified: