Denomination: 'Eckanezka'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'PER8002'
Trade name: Prestige Early Red
Botanical Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima
Applicant/Holder: Dummen Group B.V.
P.O. Box 26
Coldenhovelaan 6, 2678 PS
De Lier
Breeder: Ruth Kobayashi, Carlsbad, 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: 2006-06-19
Application Number: 06-5510
Grant of Rights Date: 2009-02-10
Certificate Number: 3439
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2027-02-10

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'PER2804' (Advent Red) and '490' (Freedom Red)

Summary: Development of the lobes of the leaf blade is weak to moderate for 'Eckanezka' while it is absent to very weak for 'PER2804'. The margin of the leaf blade of 'Eckanezka' has no incisions whereas that of 'PER2804' has weakly scalloped incisions. 'Eckanezka' has fewer transition bracts than both reference varieties. Rugosity between the veins of the bract is present for 'Eckanezka' while it is absent for 'PER2804'. 'Eckanezka' has narrower bracts than '490'. The base of the largest bract is wedge shaped for 'Eckanezka' while it is round to truncate shaped for '490'. 'Eckanezka' has a narrower cyathium with smaller cyathium glands than 'PER2804'.


STEM: moderate to strong anthocyanin colouration

LEAF BLADE: ovate, wedge shaped base, no anthocyanin colouration of upper and lower sides, medium to strong anthocyanin colouration of base of mid-rib on upper side, weak to medium anthocyanin colouration of veins on lower side, weak to moderate development of lobes, shape of sinus between lobes is rounded, no incisions of margin
PETIOLE: strong to very strong anthocyanin colouration of upper side, medium to strong anthocyanin colouration of lower side

BRACT: uniform colour, 0 to 1 transition bract, dark purple red to red on upper side, red to dark pink red on lower side, absent to weak development of lobes, round shaped sinus between lobes, absent or very weak incisions of margin, very weak folding, absent or very weak curving, absent or very weak twisting, absent to weak intensity of rugosity between veins
LARGEST BRACT: ovate, wedge shaped base
CYATHIUM GLANDS: small, greenish yellow, very weak anthocyanin colouration at base only

Origin & Breeding History: 'Eckanezka' was discovered in January 2002 at the Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California, U.S.A. 'Eckanezka' was selected based on its upright plant growth habit, stiff stems, dark red bracts, dark green foliage and earliness of flowering.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Eckanezka' were conducted during the fall of 2007 at Schenk Farms & Greenhouse Co. Ltd. in St. Catherines, Ontario. There were 25 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings transplanted into 15 cm pots on August 16, 2007. The pots were spaced 30 cm apart, pot centre to centre. Measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from 10 plants or parts of plants on December 3, 2007. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Eckanezka' with reference varieties 'PER2804' and '490'

Number of transition bracts

  'Eckanezka' 'PER2804' '490'
range 0-1 1-3 1-4

Bract width (cm)

  'Eckanezka' 'PER2804' '490'
mean 8.77 8.76 10.51
std. deviation 0.52 0.38 0.76

Colour of bract (RHS)

  'Eckanezka' 'PER2804' '490'
upper side 46A-B closest to 45B 46B
lower side 46C-D 53C-D and 46D 46D

Cyathium width (cm)

  'Eckanezka' 'PER2804' '490'
mean 1.52 2.41 1.74
std. deviation 0.10 0.23 0.20

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Poinsettia: 'Eckanezka' (left) with reference varieties 'PER2804' (centre) and '490' (right)

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Poinsettia: 'Eckanezka' (left) with reference varieties '490' (centre) and 'PER2804' (right)

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