|Trade name:||Indian Summer|
|Botanical Name:||Plectranthus scutellarioides|
Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
United States of America
Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, United States of America
|Agent in Canada:||
38723 Fingal Line
St. Thomas, Ontario
|Grant of Rights Date:||2010-01-06|
|Date rights surrendered:||2010-12-17|
Variety used for comparison: 'Volcano'
Summary: 'Balcinsu' has shorter petioles than 'Volcano'. The colour of the mid-rib and secondary veins on the upper side of the leaf blade is purple for 'Balcinsu' whereas it is brown purple for 'Volcano'. The interveinal area on the upper side of the leaf blade of 'Balcinsu' is dark purple red speckled with brown purple, dark green and yellow green while it is brown purple with purple red spots for 'Volcano'. The colour of the leaf blade margin on the upper side is brown purple speckled with dark green and yellow green while it is dark green with flecks of light yellow for 'Volcano'.
PLANT: vegetatively propagated, annual type, bushy upright growth habit, medium number of branches
STEM: brown purple to dark purple red, very strong anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence, thick, square shape in cross-section
LEAF: opposite arrangement along stem, simple type
LEAF BLADE: ovate, acuminate apex, cuneate base, crenate margin, medium deep incisions of margin, variegation present
LEAF BLADE (upper side): sparse to moderate pubescence, purple mid-rib and secondary veins, interveinal area is dark purple red speckled with brown purple, dark green and yellow green, margin is brown purple speckled with dark green and yellow green
LEAF BLADE (lower side): sparse to moderate pubescence on veins only, brown purple to dark purple red
PETIOLE: strong anthocyanin colouration
Origin & Breeding History: 'Balcinsu' originated from a cross pollination conducted in January 2004, at Dulce Nombre de Cartago in Costa Rica, as part of a controlled breeding program. The female parent was variety 'Elfers' characterized by its deep purple, green and magenta foliage and upright plant growth habit. The male parent was a bulk pollen mix of Wizard varieties characterized by their green, red, magenta, yellow green and scarlet foliage, zoned and solid foliage colour patterns and upright plant growth habit. 'Balcinsu' was selected on November 18, 2004 based on its vigour, foliage colour and plant growth habit.
Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balcinsu' were conducted during the summer of 2008 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 15 plants of each variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings transplanted into 15 cm pots on August 12, 2008. Measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from 10 plants or parts of plants on September 17, 2008. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.
Comparison tables for 'Balcinsu' with reference variety 'Volcano'
Colour of leaf blade (RHS)
|upper side - mid-rib & secondary veins||64A||close to 186A|
|upper side - interveinal area||185A speckled with 187A, 141B and 150B||darker than 187A with spots darker than N57A|
|upper side - margin||187A speckled with 141B-C and 150B||144A along margin with flecks of 8B-C|
|lower side||187A-B||close to N186C|
Petiole length (cm)
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