Denomination: 'Balsomsed'
Trade name: Sombrero Salsa Red
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: 11-7252
Grant of Rights Date: 2013-11-28
Certificate Number: 4671
Date rights surrendered: 2017-11-28

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Tomato Soup' and 'Balsomcor' (Sombrero Hot Coral)

Summary: The plants of 'Balsomsed' are shorter than those of 'Tomato Soup' and taller than those of 'Balsomcor'. The leaves of 'Balsomsed' are wider than those of both reference varieties. The flower heads of 'Balsomsed' are narrower and shorter than those of 'Tomato Soup' and wider than those of 'Balsomcor'. The ray florets of 'Balsomsed' are shorter than those of 'Tomato Soup'. The ray florets of 'Balsomsed' are straight with weakly convex profile in cross section while those of 'Tomato Soup' are strongly reflexing with strongly concave and moderately concave profiles. The ray florets of 'Balsomsed' have moderately involute rolling of the margin when newly opened while those of both reference varieties have none.


PLANT: semi upright growth habit, short, strong floriferousness, medium to dense
STEM: green, many leaves

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

PEDUNCLE: green, dense pubescence
FLOWER HEAD: few to medium number of ray florets, semi-drooping attitude of ray florets at origin, relatively all or almost all ligulate ray florets, no spatulate or quilled ray florets
RAY FLORET: medium length/width ratio, inner side when newly opened red (RHS 45B, 44B), inner side when fully opened red (RHS 44A, N34B), lower side when opening light blue pink (RHS 56C) streaked with purple red (RHS 54C), straight, absent or very weak twisting, weakly convex in cross section, moderately involute rolling of margin when newly opened to absent rolling when fully opened, rounded apex, deep tip indentations
DISC: daisy, medium height/diameter ratio, medium to large diameter in relation to flower head, red orange with red brown paleae, no ray florets within disc

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balsomsed' originated from a cross pollination between the female parent, a proprietary seedling designated 18-8, and the male parent, a proprietary breeding selection designated G0052Y. The cross was conducted in October 2005 at Elburn, Illinois, USA as part of a controlled breeding program. The initial selection of 'Balsomsed' was made in October 2008 based on flower colour, branching and growth habit. Asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balsomsed' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2012, in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants of the candidate variety, 10 plants of the reference variety 'Tomato Soup' and 12 plants of the reference variety 'Balsomcor'. 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 17, 2012. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balsomsed' with reference varieties 'Tomato Soup' and 'Balsomcor'

Plant height (cm)

  'Balsomsed' 'Tomato Soup' 'Balsomcor'
mean 28.9 56.7 29.5
std. deviation 3.86 3.81 3.04

Leaf width (cm)

  'Balsomsed' 'Tomato Soup' 'Balsomcor'
mean 5.3 4.3 3.8
std. deviation 0.59 0.38 0.50

Flower head diameter (cm)

  'Balsomsed' 'Tomato Soup' 'Balsomcor'
mean 6.5 7.7 6.0
std. deviation 0.40 0.61 0.37

Flower head height (cm)

  'Balsomsed' 'Tomato Soup' 'Balsomcor'
mean 3.7 4.6 4.3
std. deviation 0.70 0.57 0.65

Ray floret length (cm)

  'Balsomsed' 'Tomato Soup' 'Balsomcor'
mean 3.1 4.1 3.0
std. deviation 0.18 0.30 0.19

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Coneflower: 'Balsomsed' (left) with reference varieties 'Tomato Soup' (centre) and 'Balsomcor' (right)

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Coneflower: 'Balsomsed' (left) with reference varieties 'Tomato Soup' (centre) and 'Balsomcor' (right)

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Coneflower: 'Balsomsed' (left) with reference varieties 'Tomato Soup' (centre) and 'Balsomcor' (right)

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