Denomination: 'Balscblum'
Trade name: Double Scoop Bubble Gum
Botanical Name: Echinacea
Applicant/Holder: Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
United States of America
Breeder: Jianping Ren, Ball Horticultural Company, Elburn, 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: 2011-03-28
Application Number: 11-7248
Grant of Rights Date: 2013-11-28
Certificate Number: 4667
Date rights surrendered: 2015-11-28

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Razzmatazz'

Summary: The plants of 'Balscblum' are shorter than those of 'Razzmatazz'. The flowers of 'Balscblum' are taller and have more ray florets than those of 'Razzmatazz'. The ray florets on the flower heads of 'Balscblum' are drooping at the origin while those of 'Razzmatazz' are semi-drooping. The ray florets of 'Balscblum' are longer than those of 'Razzmatazz'. The discs of 'Balscblum' are larger than those of 'Razzmatazz'. The disc florets of 'Balscblum' have long tubes while those of 'Razzmatazz' have short tubes.


PLANT: upright growth habit, tall, medium floriferousness, very sparse to sparse density
STEM: green tinged slightly purple, few leaves

LEAF: moderately elongated, broadest part strongly towards base, medium green, no variegation, weak rugosity, absent or very weak glossiness, absent or very few margin indentations

PEDUNCLE: green, medium pubescence
FLOWER HEAD: few to medium number of ray florets, drooping attitude of ray florets at origin, relatively many to all or almost all ligulate ray florets, relatively few spatulate ray florets, no quilled ray florets
RAY FLORET: medium to high length/width ratio, outer side brown purple (RHS 186A), inner side blue pink to light blue pink (RHS 70C-D), weakly incurving to straight, absent or very weak twisting, flat in cross section, rounded apex, medium indentations of tip
DISC: anemone, medium height/diameter ratio, very large diameter in relation to flower head, white (RHS NN155A) with blue pink (RHS 63B) at base before disc florets open, blue pink (RHS 63B-C) after disc florets open, straight floret, long floret tube

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balscblum' originated from a cross pollination between the female parent, a proprietary seedling designated E11-4 and the male parent, a proprietary breeding selection designated E19. The cross was conducted in October 2006 at Elburn, Illinois, USA as part of a controlled breeding program. The initial selection of 'Balscblum' was made in July 2007 based on double purple-pink flowers. Asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balscblum' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2012, in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 12 plants of the candidate variety and 14 plants of the reference variety. All plants were grown from bare-rooted plants transplanted into 3.8 liter containers on April 17, 2012. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 12, 2012. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balscblum' with reference variety 'Razzmatazz'

Plant height (cm)

  'Balscblum' 'Razzmatazz'
mean 68.1 90.0
std. deviation 4.01 5.85

Flower height (cm)

  'Balscblum' 'Razzmatazz'
mean 6.6 4.1
std. deviation 0.63 1.24

Ray floret length (cm)

  'Balscblum' 'Razzmatazz'
mean 4.9 3.3
std. deviation 0.35 0.30

Disc diameter (cm)

  'Balscblum' 'Razzmatazz'
mean 5.6 4.3
std. deviation 0.33 0.28

Disc height (cm)

  'Balscblum' 'Razzmatazz'
mean 2.3 1.4
std. deviation 0.26 0.36

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Coneflower: 'Balscblum' (left) with reference variety 'Razzmatazz' (right)

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Coneflower: 'Balscblum' (left) with reference variety 'Razzmatazz' (right)

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Coneflower: 'Balscblum' (left) with reference variety 'Razzmatazz' (right)

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