Denomination: 'Balcabrose'
Trade name: Cabaret Rose
Botanical Name: Calibrachoa
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: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-02-18
Application Number: 05-4582
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-09-25
Certificate Number: 2921
Date rights surrendered: 2012-09-27

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sunbelrikupi' (Million Bells Trailing Magenta)

Summary: 'Balcabrose' is a calibrachoa variety which has longer pedicels and smaller flowers than 'Sunbelrikupi'. The corolla of 'Balcabrose' has weaker lobing than the corolla of 'Sunbelrikupi'. Although the two varieties are the same colour on the upper side of the corolla, the colour of the lower side of 'Balcabrose' is violet, whereas the lower side of the corolla of the reference variety is blue pink.


PLANT: trailing to mounding growth habit, broad width
SHOOT: thin, long, no anthocyanin colouration
LEAF: medium to long in length, narrow to medium width, elliptic, narrow acute apex, medium green

SEPAL: medium length, lanceolate to rhombic shape, no anthocyanin
FLOWER: single, funnelform, small to medium diameter, long to very long pedicel
COROLLA: weak to moderate lobing, purple on upper side, no secondary colour, violet on lower side, purple veins, veins moderately conspicuous, weak undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: short to medium, yellow on inner side, moderately conspicuous veins
ANTHER: yellowish white before dehiscence, yellow to light brown after dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balcabrose' originated in a controlled breeding program on July 25, 2002 at Elburn, Illinois, U.S.A. The female parent was the proprietary calibrachoa selection designated 1030-2, characterized by its rose flower colour, dark green leaf colour and semi-prostrate growth habit. The male parent was a proprietary selection designated 1025-2, characterized by its pink flower colour and semi-prostrate growth habit. The initial selection was made on April 30, 2003. Asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'Balcabrose' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2006 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 20 plants of each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 25 cm baskets on April 20, 2006. Each basket contained 3 cuttings with a total of 7 baskets per variety. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 12, 2006. All colour measurements were made using the RHS Colour Chart 2001.

Comparison tables for 'Balcabrose' with reference variety 'Sunbelrikupi'

Length of pedicel (cm)

  'Balcabrose' 'Sunbelrikupi'
mean 2.2 1.5
std. deviation 0.16 0.22

Diameter of corolla (cm)

  'Balcabrose' 'Sunbelrikupi'
mean 2.9 3.5
std. deviation 0.16 0.18

Main colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'Balcabrose' 'Sunbelrikupi'
upper side N74A N74A
lower side lighter than N77D 72C

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Calibrachoa: 'Balcabrose' (left) with reference variety 'Sunbelrikupi' (right)

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