EU PVR applications filed for Malcolm Spencer’s Phygelius

Plants For Europe Limited has filed applications for breeder’s rights in five new Phygelius varieties raised by Malcolm Spencer, as follows:

Phygelius – UPOV names and CPVO file numbers
Marketing name UPOV name CPVO file number
Croftway Coral Princess CROCORPRI 2005/1473
Croftway Purple Prince CROPURPRI 2005/1474
Croftway Red Emperor CROREDEMP 2005/1475
Croftway Snow Queen CROSNOQUE 2005/1476
Croftway Yellow Sovereign CROYELSOV 2005/1474

Propagation for sale without a licence is illegal. Growers interested in receiving a licence for these plants or test material for trial should contact us.

CPVO announces reduction in annual maintenance fees for EU-PVR

In a long-anticipated move, the Community Plant Varieties Office (CPVO), the body that administers plant variety rights applications and grants across the EU, has announced that the annual maintenance charge levied for granted rights is to be reduced from €300 to €200 per annum with effect from 2006.

This welcome move will reduce the cost of maintaining rights and encourage breeders to make rights applications and maintain their rights in varieties that are likely to be sold in smaller numbers – particularly useful for some ornamental perennial and woody plants.

It is PFE’s position that we would like to see the annual charge abolished completely such that the European charges system is similar to that for US Plant Patent, whereby all charges are levied at the time of application and grant without continuing charges for the rest of the commercial life of the plant.

US Plant Patent granted for Ajuga Black Scallop

The US Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO) has confirmed that Ajuga Black Scallop has been granted Plant Patent number 15,815.

Ajuga Black Scallop is managed in North America by our good friends at PlantHaven Inc. – anyone interested in a licence to grow or import Ajuga Black Scallop in the US should contact them directly.

DEFRA announces new Code Of Practice on non-native plants

The UK Government department DEFRA (the Department for the Environment, Food and Regional Affairs) has introduced a Code of Practice for the importation, propagation and distribution of non-native plant species, with a warning that non-compliance could be used in evidence in future court cases (see DEFRA’s press release).

The full text of the Code of Practice can be found here in PDF format.

The Code of Practice is likely to be incorporated into the new Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill, which is likely to make the Code of Practice statutory. It is also likely to create a new offence of importing or distributing banned non-native plants, and will radically increase the number of species covered by the legislation from the current list of two (Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed). Horticulturally important genera and species (such as Crocosmia crocosmiiflora, according to Horticulture Week magazine) are being considered for inclusion.

Marketing names announced for six new plants

Phygelius Croftway Snow QueenSeveral plants in the PFE portfolio that have, until now, been known only by working names have now been given their final marketing names by their breeders. We’ll be writing to everyone that is growing these plants in the next few days to give you the latest information (if we haven’t done so already), but in the meantime, here is a list of the newly-named plants:

  • Geranium pratense “double white”
    – now named Geranium pratense Laura in honour of the breeder’s mother
  • Phygelius “Coral Prince”
    – now named Phygelius Croftway Coral Princess
  • Phygelius “Firebrand”
    – now named Phygelius Croftway Red Emperor
  • Phygelius “Purple Prince”
    – now named Phygelius Croftway Purple Prince
  • Phygelius “Richer Yellow”
    – now named Phygelius Croftway Yellow Sovereign
  • Phygelius “Snow Queen”
    – now named Phygelius Croftway Snow Queen
    (illustrated right)

Readers should also note that, in the case of the Phygelius, it is the breeder’s intention to apply for European and United States trademark protection for the name “Croftway”. Further information on this aspect of the plants’ names shall be published here as it becomes available.

The Phygelius are being launched worldwide this year. For details of sources, please contact us. The licenced propagators in Europe are:

  • Minier (FR)
  • Jungpflanzen Grünewald (DE)

PFE announces two new plants in portfolio

PFE is proud to announce the addition of two new plants to our portfolio.

Dianthus Red DevilThe first (alphabetically) is an exciting new Dianthus variety, Dianthus gratianopolitanus Red Devil (illustrated right).

Red Devil is a sport of the popular variety Feuerhexe (also known as Fire Witch) which will be Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year 2006. It shares many features with Feuerhexe, including attractive steely grey evergreen foliage and a neat compact habit (growing to around 15cm or 6 inches). It is a free flowering plant with rich deep red clove-scented flowers. The main flower display is in spring and early summer but with repeat flowering in late summer and autumn.

Propagation is easy from cuttings, and this makes a fine plant for impulse sales in pot sizes from 10cm to 1.5 litre.

Test material will be available later this year, from June onwards. In the meantime, a specimen plant is being grown at PFE headquarters and may be viewed by appointment.

Gaillardia Summers KissThe second plant is Gaillardia Summers Kiss (illustrated right).

This plant, already popular in the United States (where it is protected by Plant Patent), originated in a batch of seedlings of Gaillardia Goblin. It has similar growth habits to its parent, with a low-growing, compact and upright habit. It is free flowering, displaying its large daisy-like flowers from mid-summer into autumn. The flowers open pink-orange and age to melon giving an overall peach-apricot effect.

Summers Kiss is an easy to grow plant, propagated by cuttings. It makes an excellent plant for the border or for container planting, and will make a good impulse purchase item for later in the season in 1 litre or 2 litre pots.

Test material is available now – contact us for more details. A specimen plant will also be added to the collection at PFE headquarters and may be viewed by appointment from mid summer.

CPVO intends to increase technical verification inspections

Following a recent meeting at the Community Plant Varieties Office (CPVO – the body which administers EU Plant Variety Rights), the CPVO made clear that it intends to intensify technical verification inspections of varieties for which EU PVR has been granted. The breeders’ organisation CIOPORA announced the following:

“The CPVO is obliged to carry out such technical verifications according to Article 64 of the EC Regulation 2100/94 in order to verify the continuing existence unaltered of the protected variety. On our question the CPVO explained that they intend to intensify these technical verifications in the future. This could lead to very negative consequences for a breeder who has not maintained his variety correctly but who has selected mutations of the variety with better characteristics and now sells these mutations under the name and the “disguise” of the protected variety.”

PFE wishes to remind all breeders of ensuring the following:

  • that the variety offered for sale is exactly the plant that was subjected to DUS testing for PVR. Failure in this respect could leave you unable to defend your PVR and charge royalties for the variety;
  • and that a true reference stock of the variety is maintained in a secure location for the purposes of comparison in the event of the CPVO undertaking a technical verification examination. Failure to do so could result in the revocation of the grant of PVR.

Ajuga Black Scallop goes from strength to strength

Ajuga Black ScallopAjuga Black Scallop (BINBLASCA) has become the most-requested plant in the PFE portfolio, taking its position as the first-choice dark-leaved Ajuga in the European market.

Current licensees for Ajuga Black Scallop are:

  • Globe Planter (FR)
  • Gootjes AllPlant (NL)
  • Kernock Park Plants (UK)
  • Kientzler GmbH (DE)
  • Seiont Nurseries (UK)

For contact details for any of these growers, or to request sample plants of Ajuga Black Scallop, please contact us.

FarPlants announces launch of Nemesia Celine in 2005

Nemesia CelineFarPlants have announced that the excellent new Nemesia Celine will be launched in the UK for spring sales in 2005. For more details, contact FarPlants Sales.

Nemesia Celine was bred by Martine Tellwright of Fleurie Nursery. For more information on Martine’s Nemesias, see PFE’s portfolio pages (link at the top of this page). Plants For Europe is the global head agent for Martine’s new plant breeding.

The application for EU Plant Variety Rights will be filed in early 2006, and will be filed under the codename Nemesia FLEURCEL.