Denomination: 'Balsomselo'
Trade name: Sombrero Sandy Yellow
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: 11-7253
Grant of Rights Date: 2013-11-28
Certificate Number: 4672
Date rights surrendered: 2015-11-28

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Mathew Saul' (Big Sky Harvest Moon)

Summary: The leaves of 'Balsomselo' are longer than those of 'Matthew Saul'. The colour on the inner side of the ray florets of 'Balsomselo' differs slightly from that of 'Matthew Saul'. The ray florets of 'Balsomselo' have rounded apex while those of 'Matthew Saul' have pointed apex.


PLANT: upright growth habit, medium height, medium floriferousness, medium density
STEM: green, medium number of leaves

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

PEDUNCLE: green, medium pubescence
FLOWER HEAD: 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 yellow orange to light yellow orange (RHS 21C-D), inner side when fully opened yellow orange to light yellow orange (RHS 21C-D) with light yellow (RHS 16D) undertones, inner side when aged yellow green (RHS 2D), straight to weakly reflexing, absent or very weak twisting, weakly concave in cross section, rounded apex, medium to deep tip indentations
DISC: daisy, medium height/diameter ratio, medium to large diameter in relation to flower head, yellow to orange paleae, no ray florets within the disc

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balsomselo' originated from a cross pollination between the female parent, a proprietary seedling designated 18-8, and the male parent, a proprietary breeding selection designated E05. The cross was conducted in October 2004 at Elburn, Illinois, USA as part of a controlled breeding program. The initial selection of 'Balsomselo' was made in October 2008 based on flower colour and branching. Asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balsomselo' 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 and 12 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 17, 2012. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balsomselo' with reference variety 'Mathew Saul'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Balsomselo' 'Mathew Saul'
mean 17.6 15.0
std. deviation 1.45 1.39

Colour of inner side of ray floret (RHS)

  'Balsomselo' 'Mathew Saul'
newly opened 21C-D 23A
fully opened 21C-D with 16D 23B-C with 16D undertones
aged 2D close to 4D with 16D in upper half

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Coneflower: 'Balsomselo' (left) with reference variety 'Matthew Saul' (right)

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Coneflower: 'Balsomselo' (left) with reference variety 'Matthew Saul' (right)

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Coneflower: 'Balsomselo' (left) with reference variety 'Matthew Saul' (right)

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