Denomination: 'Bodhigros'
Trade name: High Noon Rose
Botanical Name: Portulaca grandiflora
Applicant/Holder: John Bodger and Sons Company
1800 North Tyler Avenue
South El Monte, California
United States of America
Breeder: Kim Bodger, John Bodger and Sons Company, South El Monte, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2004-02-04
Application Number: 04-4020
Date abandoned: 2008-10-01

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sundial Pink'

Summary: 'Bodhigros' is a slightly shorter, more densely branched purslane variety than 'Sundial Pink'. The flowers of 'Bodhigros' are fully double and have more petals than the flowers of 'Sundial Pink'. The colour of the petals of 'Bodhigros' is a darker pink colour than the petals of 'Sundial Pink'. The flowers of 'Bodhigros' stay open in low light intensity such as during the evening and on cloudy days, whereas those of the reference variety close.


PLANT: annual, medium height, dense branching
STEM: medium to thick, light to medium green, short to medium internodes, sparse tufts of hair, very weak anthocynin colouration

LEAF: alternate arrangement, oblique to stem, oblanceolate shape, medium green, no anthocyanin

FLOWER: fully double
PETAL: no striation, obcordate shape, blue pink

Origin & Breeding History: 'Bodhigros' was developed from the open pollination of 'Sundial Cream' (an F1 seed variety). The seeds were harvested in 1999. These F2 seeds were sown and evaluated in 2000. Only light coloured flowers and male sterile flowers were selected for the next stage of testing. The final selection of this new cultivar was made in 2002. The initial selection criteria was for flower colour and flowering ability. Subsequent testing and evaluation for plant habit, vigour, reliable cutting propagation and stability were additional selection criteria.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Bodhigros' were conducted in a polyhouse in Oxford Station, Ontario during the summer of 2006. The trial consisted of 15 plants per variety, grown in 10cm pots and spaced approximately 30 cm apart in the polyhouse. Measured characteristics were based on ten measurements. All colour observations were made using the RHS Colour Chart 2001.

Comparison tables for 'Bodhigros' with reference variety 'Sundial Pink'

Plant height (cm)

  'Bodhigros' 'Sundial Pink'
mean 11.21 15.14
std. deviation 2.39 1.95

Number of petals per flower

  'Bodhigros' 'Sundial Pink'
mean 30.3 15.4
range 24-35 14-18

Main colour of petal (RHS)

  'Bodhigros' 'Sundial Pink'
inner side N74C 75C
outer side N74C-D 75C-D

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Portulaca/purslane: 'Bodhigros' (left) with reference variety 'Sundial Pink' (right)

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