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Denomination: 'Balyricsil'
Trade name: Lyrical Silverstone
Botanical Name: Salvia sylvestris
Applicant/Holder: Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
United States of America
Breeder: Lynn Knosher, Pan American Seed Co., Elburn, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2011-03-29
Application Number: 11-7256
Grant of Rights Date: 2014-09-04
Certificate Number: 4869
Date rights surrendered: 2019-09-04

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'May Night'

Summary: The plants of 'Balyricsil' are narrower than those of 'May Night'. The shoot of 'Balyricsil' has very strong anthocyanin colouration while that of 'May Night' has medium anthocyanin colouration. The petiole of 'Balyricsil' is shorter than that of 'May Night'. The leaf blade of 'Balyricsil' is smaller than that of 'May Night'. The inflorescence of 'Balyricsil' is shorter than that of 'May Night'. The secondary colour of the outer side of the upper lip and the inner side of the lower lip of the corolla of 'Balyricsil' is light blue violet at the marginal zone whereas 'May Night' has no secondary colour.


PLANT: semi-upright growth habit, sparse to medium density of shoots
SHOOT: very strong anthocyanin colouration, weak to medium distribution of anthocyanin colouration, dense pubescence

LEAF BLADE: medium length to width ratio, position of broadest part is moderately towards base, acuminate apex, cordate base, upper side is green, no variegation, sparse pubescence on upper side, medium rugosity, absent or very weak glossiness on the upper side, medium incisions of margin, weak to medium undulation of margin

INFLORESCENCE: medium number of florets per node, many lateral branches, upright attitude of tip
BRACT: dark green (RHS 137A) with brown purple (RHS 186B) along the margin and veins
CALYX: outer side is dark violet (RHS 79A) with dark green (RHS N137B), dense pubescence on outer side
UPPER LIP OF COROLLA: main colour of outer side is blue violet (RHS N88B) with darker blue violet (RHS N88A) towards apex, secondary colour of outer side is light blue violet (RHS 76D) at marginal zone, dense pubescence on outer side
LOWER LIP OF COROLLA: semi-drooping attitude relative to corolla tube, main colour of inner side is blue violet (RHS N88B), secondary colour of inner side is light blue violet (RHS 76D) distributed at marginal zone, weak undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: outer side is blue violet (RHS N88B-C) with light blue violet (whiter than RHS 76D) towards base

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balyricsil' originated from a cross pollination conducted in June 2000 in Elburn, Illinois, USA between the female parent designated '3782' and a bulk pollen mix of four proprietary breeding selections designated '3787', '3788', '3789' and '3790'. The initial selection was made in June 2004 based on bi-coloured flowers, full growth habit and long flowering season. Asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balyricsil' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2013 at Bioflora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 20 plants each of the candidate and reference variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 15 cm pots on April 17, 2013. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on May 28, 2013. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balyricsil' with reference variety 'May Night'

Plant width (cm)

  'Balyricsil' 'May Night'
mean 28.1 36.1
std. deviation 2.28 2.44

Petiole length (cm)

  'Balyricsil' 'May Night'
mean 2.1 4.7
std. deviation 0.48 1.32

Leaf length (cm)

  'Balyricsil' 'May Night'
mean 7.0 10.1
std. deviation 0.61 0.69

Leaf width (cm)

  'Balyricsil' 'May Night'
mean 3.0 4.7
std. deviation 0.21 0.64

Inflorescence length (cm)

  'Balyricsil' 'May Night'
mean 11.8 19.0
std. deviation 1.50 1.49

Secondary colour of outer side of upper lip of corolla (RHS)

  'Balyricsil' 'May Night'
marginal zone 76D N/A

Secondary colour of lower lip of corolla (RHS)

  'Balyricsil' 'May Night'
inner side 76D N/A

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Salvia: 'Balyricsil' (left) with reference variety 'May Night' (right)

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Salvia: 'Balyricsil' (left) with reference variety 'May Night' (right)

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Salvia: 'Balyricsil' (left) with reference variety 'May Night' (right)

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