Denomination: 'PER6406'
Trade name: Classic Pink
Botanical Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima
Applicant/Holder: Ecke Ranch BV
Postbus 26, 2678 ZG
De Lier
Breeder: Ruth Kobayashi, Paul Ecke Ranch, Inc., 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: 2007-07-13
Application Number: 07-5964
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-05-03
Certificate Number: 3832
Date rights surrendered: 2013-09-04

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: '490 Pink' (Freedom Pink)

Summary: 'PER6406' has a shorter, narrower bract than '490 Pink'. The upper side of the bract is red pink with dark pink red at the margin and veins for 'PER6406' while the upper side of the bract of '490 Pink' is dark pink red with red along the midrib and veins.


PLANT: branching present
STEM: medium green colour on middle third, weak anthocyanin colouration on middle third, medium to strong anthocyanin on upper third

LEAF: ovate, wedge shaped to rounded base, one colour on upper side, strong green colour on upper side, green main vein on upper side, absent or very weak development of lobes, absent or weak curvature of main vein
PETIOLE: strong green colour on upper side, medium to strong anthocyanin colouration on upper side, very weak anthocyanin on lower side
TRANSITIONAL LEAVES: absent or weak lobing, absent or weak curvature along main vein

BRACT: ovate, red pink on upper side with dark pink red at margin and veins, newly opened bracts red (RHS 47B) with dark pink red (RHS 53C) along veins, lower side brown red (RHS 181D) with tones of light red pink (RHS 35D), weak to medium folding along main vein, weak twisting, medium rugosity between veins

CYATHIUM: medium sized glands, glands yellow with red, cyathia open early to midseason

Origin & Breeding History: 'PER6406' was discovered at the Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California, USA in September 2005. The variety was selected for its vigorous growth habit, bract colour and dark green foliage.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'PER6406' were conducted in a greenhouse in St. Catharines, Ontario. The trial included a total of 25 plants each of the candidate variety and reference variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 15 cm pots on August 29, 2008. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on December 2, 2008. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'PER6406' with reference variety '490 Pink'

Bract length (cm)

  'PER6406' '490 Pink'
mean 14.27 16.37
std. deviation 1.05 1.36

Bract width (cm)

  'PER6406' '490 Pink'
mean 6.68 8.79
std. deviation 0.65 0.81

Bract colour (RHS)

  'PER6406' '490 Pink'
upper side 47D, 53C-D at margin and veins 51A-B, 46C at midrib and veins

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Poinsettia: 'PER6406' (left) with reference variety '490 Pink' (right)

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Poinsettia: 'PER6406' (left) with reference variety '490 Pink' (right)

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