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Denomination: 'Balazwhitim'
Trade name: Aztec White
Botanical Name: Glandularia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
United States of America
Breeder: Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, 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: 2006-03-09
Application Number: 06-5328
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-09-29
Certificate Number: 3374
Date rights surrendered: 2009-11-23

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balazwhit' (Wildfire White)

Summary: The plants of 'Balazwhitim' are narrower with a more upright growth habit than those of 'Balazwhit'. 'Balazwhitim' has narrower leaves and a smaller corolla diameter than 'Balazwhit'.


PLANT: upright to semi-upright growth habit, medium to tall, narrow
STEM: light green, very weak to weak anthocyanin colouration on middle third, dense pubescence

LEAF BLADE: medium to long, narrow to medium width, lanceolate to ovate, cuneate to truncate base, not divided, crenate margin, medium green on upper side, no anthocyanin colouration on upper side
PETIOLE: short

INFLORESCENCE: large diameter, broad ovate in profile
CALYX: no anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: medium to large diameter, one coloured, white on upper and lower sides, no change in colour with age
COROLLA LOBES: touching, incurved along longitudinal axis, strong undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: medium to long, tip of protruding hairs is white
COROLLA EYE: present on all corolla lobes, small to medium diameter, light green yellow

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balazwhitim' originated from a self-pollination conducted during March 2003 in Arroyo Grande, California, USA, as part of a controlled breeding program. The parent was a proprietary Verbena breeding selection designated 'BFP-1829-A', characterized by its pure white flowers, dark green leaves and semi-trailing growth habit. 'Balazwhitim' was intially selected on December 3, 2003 based on its well branched and mounded growth habit, characteristics which matched those of varieties from the Aztec series.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balazwhitim' were conducted in a poly-house during the spring of 2007 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of fifteen (15) plants per variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings transplanted into 11.5 cm pots on May 4, 2007. Measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from ten (10) plants or parts of plants on June 20, 2007. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balazwhitim' with reference variety 'Balazwhit'

Plant width (cm)

  'Balazwhitim' 'Balazwhit'
mean 25.6 47.4
std. deviation 1.84 4.42

Leaf blade width (mm)

  'Balazwhitim' 'Balazwhit'
mean 19.5 24.3
std. deviation 2.59 2.45

Corolla diameter (mm)

  'Balazwhitim' 'Balazwhit'
mean 21.0 25.4
std. deviation 1.83 1.96

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Verbena: 'Balazwhitim' (left) with reference variety 'Balazwhit' (right)

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Verbena: 'Balazwhitim' (left) with reference variety 'Balazwhit' (right)

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