Pic Whit


Denomination: 'Pic Whit'
Trade name: Picnic White
Botanical Name: Petunia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Mitchell Hanes, Goldsmith Seeds, Inc., Morgan Hill, 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: 2009-01-30
Application Number: 09-6498
Grant of Rights Date: 2011-05-31
Certificate Number: 4087
Date rights surrendered: 2014-04-17

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Danlittun5' (Littletunia White)

Summary: The plants of 'Pic Whit' are wider than those of 'Danlittun5'. The leaf blades of 'Pic Whit' have a narrow acute apex while those of 'Danlittun5' have broad acute and obtuse apex. The sepals of 'Pic Whit' are linear and elliptic while those of 'Danlittun5' are obovate to spatulate. The veins on the upper side of the corolla lobes of 'Pic Whit' have weak conspicuousness while the veins of 'Danlittun5' have absent to very weak conspicuousness. The margin of the corolla lobes of 'Pic Whit' have weak undulation while the margins of 'Danlittun5' have medium undulation.


PLANT: upright to creeping growth habit, thin shoot

LEAF: ovate, narrow acute apex, no variegation, medium green on upper side, no blistering

SEPAL: linear and elliptic, no anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: single type, salverform, yellow veins
COROLLA LOBE: one colour on upper side, white (RHS NN155A) on upper side, weak conspicuousness of veins on upper side, weak undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: light yellow (RHS 4D) on inner side, weak conspicuousness of yellow (RHS 5A) and light green (RHS 145B) veins on inner side, yellowish white anthers before dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Pic Whit' originated from a cross between the female parent '1695-3' and the male parent '1691-1'. The new Petunia was bred and developed by the breeder Mitchell Hanes in August 2004, in Gilroy, California, United States. The resultant seed from the cross was sown in a greenhouse in February 2005. In May 2005, a single plant from the progeny was selected by the breeder based on flower colour, plant habit and production characteristics.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Pic Whit' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2010 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 15 cm pots on April 27, 2010. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on May 31, 2010. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison table for 'Pic Whit' with reference variety 'Danlittun5'

Plant width (cm)

  'Pic Whit' 'Danlittun5'
mean 35.4 23.9
std. deviation 2.42 2.11

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Petunia: 'Pic Whit' (left) with reference variety 'Danlittun5' (right)

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Petunia: 'Pic Whit' (left) with reference variety 'Danlittun5' (right)

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Petunia: 'Pic Whit' (left) with reference variety 'Danlittun5' (right)

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