Denomination: 'Barfourteen'
Trade name: Purple Flame
Botanical Name: Phlox paniculata
Applicant/Holder: Dummen Group B.V.
P.O. Box 26
Coldenhovelaan 6, 2678 PS
De Lier
Breeder: G.B.H. Bartels, Bartels Breeding B.V., Aalsmeer, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Genesis Plant Propagation Ltd.
24245 - 48th Avenue
Langley, British Columbia
V2Z 2M4
Tel: 604-514-1799
Application Date: 1999-11-25
Application Number: 99-1868
Grant of Rights Date: 2001-11-23
Certificate Number: 1095
Date rights surrendered: 2019-11-23

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Lilac Time'

Summary: 'Barfourteen' is a perennial phlox variety which has shorter, more compact plants than 'Lilac Time'. The florets of 'Barfourteen' are smaller in diameter and differ in colour from those of the reference variety.


'Barfourteen' is a diploid, perennial phlox variety with an upright bushy growth habit. The leaves are dark green, lanceolate in shape, with no pubescence on either the upper or lower side and no glandular stickiness. 'Barfourteen' flowers mid-season and the flower cymes are single and pyramid shaped. The florets are round and purple with a small, red-purple eye zone.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Barfourteen' originated as a seedling selection from a cross between two breeding lines made in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands in 1995. The selection criteria were compact, dwarf growth habit and suitability for potting production.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Barfourteen' were conducted in the summer of 2000 at Genesis Plant Propagation Ltd., Langley, British Columbia. The trials consisted of 12 plants per variety, grown in 25 cm pots. They were planted April 15, 2000 and pinched May 15, 2000. The plants were grown in a cold frame until June 15, 2000 and then were placed outdoors. No spray application was applied.

Comparison tables for 'Barfourteen' with reference variety 'Lilac Time'

Plant height (cm)

  'Barfourteen' 'Lilac Time'
mean 44.0 74.0
range 40-48 69-79

Plant width (cm)

  'Barfourteen' 'Lilac Time'
mean 35.0 37.0
range 32-38 35-39

Leaf length (cm)

  'Barfourteen' 'Lilac Time'
mean 10.0 15.0
range 9.5-10.5 14.5-15.5

Leaf width (cm)

  'Barfourteen' 'Lilac Time'
mean 4.0 4.0
range 3.5-4.5 3.5-4

Flower cyme length (cm)

  'Barfourteen' 'Lilac Time'
mean 20.0 43.0
range 18-22 40-45

Colour of upper side of petal (RHS)

  'Barfourteen' 'Lilac Time'
apical zone 78A 82D
basal zone 67A 69C
marking 67A 69C

Colour of lower side of petal

  'Barfourteen' 'Lilac Time'
apical zone 78C 82D
basal zone 78C 82D
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