Denomination: 'Bodhigcre'
Trade name: High Noon Cream
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: 04-4021
Date abandoned: 2008-10-01

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sundial Cream'

Summary: 'Bodhigcre' is a shorter, more densely branched plant than 'Sundial Cream'. The flowers of both varieties are light yellow; however, the petals of 'Bodhigcre' have light pink along the margins and also as a spot towards the base. The petals of 'Sundial Cream' have a pink basal spot but no pink colour along the margins. The flowers of 'Bodhigcre' stay open in low light intensity such as during the evening and on cloudy days, whereas those of the reference variety close.


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

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

FLOWER: double
PETAL: no striation, obcordate shape, light yellow with light blue pink blotch towards base

Origin & Breeding History: 'Bodhigcre' 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 'Bodhigcre' 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 'Bodhigcre' with reference variety 'Sundial Cream'

Plant height (cm)

  'Bodhigcre' 'Sundial Cream'
mean 7.38 14.83
std. deviation 1.60 1.72

Colour of petals (RHS)

  'Bodhigcre' 'Sundial Cream'
main - inner side 11D 11D
main - outer side 11D 11D
secondary - inner side 73C-D (margins & basal spot) 73C-D (basal spot)

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Portulaca/purslane: 'Bodhigcre' (left) with reference variety 'Sundial Cream' (right)

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