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Denomination: 'Balserlav'
Trade name: Serenity Lavender
Botanical Name: Osteospermum
Applicant/Holder: Fa Wilhelm Schmülling
Jungpflanzen für Beetware und Chrysanthemen
Temming 83 - 48727
Breeder: Fa Wilhelm Schmülling, Billerbeck, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2004-01-15
Application Number: 04-4004
Date Withdrawn: 2007-01-30

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Aksinto' (Cape Daisy Kalanga) and 'Highside'

Summary: 'Balserlav' has shorter plants and shoots than 'Askinto', and has longer leaves than 'Highside'. The inflorescences of 'Balserlav' have no incomplete ray floret whorls, whereas those of both reference varieties do. 'Balserlav' has a smaller inflorescence diameter and smaller ray florets than 'Highside'. Shape of the ray florets is elliptic for 'Balserlav', whereas it is obovate for 'Askinto' and 'Highside'. The main colour of the upper side of the ray florets is violet for 'Balserlav' while it is lighter violet for 'Askinto' and purple to blue pink fading to white near the base for 'Highside'. The floret disc of 'Balserlav' is dark blue, whereas it is purple for 'Askinto'.


'Balserlav' is an early-flowering osteospermum variety with erect to semi-erect shoots. The leaves are dark green with no variegation and weak lobing. The inflorescence has one complete ray floret whorl and no incomplete whorls. The ray florets are elliptic in shape. The upper side of the ray floret is violet with a blue violet margin, whereas the lower side is mostly blue-violet. The floret disc is dark blue.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balserlav' originated from a controlled breeding program which took place in Billerbeck, Germany during August 1999 . The variety was the result of a cross between a proprietary osteospermum selection designated '09-19-98' as the female parent and another proprietary osteospermum selection designated 17-44-98 as the male parent. The initial selection was made in April 2000, and propagation since then has been through vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'Balserlav' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2005 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trials included 15 plants of each of the candidate and reference varieties grown in 6 inch pots. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on September 12, 2005. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balserlav' with reference varieties 'Aksinto' and 'Highside'

Plant height (cm)

  'Balserlav' 'Aksinto' 'Highside'
mean 29.7 40.7 29.8
std. deviation 3.97 3.97 3.55

Shoot length (cm)

  'Balserlav' 'Aksinto' 'Highside'
mean 26.7 37.2 27.6
std. deviation 4.24 1.60 6.96

Leaf length (including petiole) (cm)

  'Balserlav' 'Aksinto' 'Highside'
mean 6.1 6.7 4.7
std. deviation 0.71 0.48 0.33

Diameter of inflorescence (cm)

  'Balserlav' 'Aksinto' 'Highside'
mean 6.2 5.9 7.4
std. deviation 0.45 0.23 0.40

Ray floret length (mm)

  'Balserlav' 'Aksinto' 'Highside'
mean 32.1 28.4 36.1
std. deviation 2.81 1.26 1.79

Ray floret width (mm)

  'Balserlav' 'Aksinto' 'Highside'
mean 7.2 8.2 9.3
std. deviation 0.58 0.47 0.67

Colour of ray floret (RHS)

  'Balserlav' 'Aksinto' 'Highside'
middle - upper side N80B, longitudinal streaks of N80A N78D, longitudinal streaks of N78B N74B at apex; N74B-C at mid-section fading to white near base
base - upper side N80B N78B N74B
margin at base - upper side 86B 79C 77A
lower side mostly blue-violet pale violet with brown purple longitudinal stripes & a yellow-brown apex pale violet with purple longitudinal stripes

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Osteospermum: 'Balserlav' (left) with reference varieties 'Aksinto' (centre) and 'Highside' (right)

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