Denomination: 'Baldelmim'
Trade name: Delicious Marshmallow
Botanical Name: Dahlia pinnata
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: 2007-04-12
Application Number: 07-5861
Date Withdrawn: 2009-10-06

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Baldelmalo' (Delicious Marshmallow)

Summary: 'Baldelmim' has a narrower leaf blade and deeper incisions on the leaf margin than 'Baldelmalo'. 'Baldelmim' has fewer ray florets than 'Baldelmalo'. 'Baldelmim' has a larger flower head diameter and taller flower head height than 'Baldelmalo'.


PLANT: upright habit, very short to short height, green stem

LEAF: predominantly simple, absent to very weak wing, very short to short length, very narrow width, medium green, weak glossiness, weakly rugose texture, raised veins
LEAFLET: elliptic shape, attenuate base, few to moderate number of medium depth incisions
PEDUNCLE: short, green

FLOWER HEAD: same level as foliage, upright to semi-upright, daisy eyed double, no collar segments, many ray florets
RAY FLORET: keeled upper surface, two keels, moderately concave in cross section at mid-point, weakly concave at 3/4 point from base, flat to weakly revolute margin along distal quarter, straight to weakly reflexing longitudinal axis, weak curvature of distal quarter, absent or very weak twisting, mamillate to dentate apex
RAY FLORET INNER SIDE: more than two colours, white (RHS 155A) main colour with yellow (RHS 3B) in flushed pattern at base
RAY FLORET OUTER SIDE: similar colour to inner side.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Baldelmim' originated from an open pollination conducted during July 1999 at Rijsenhout, The Netherlands. The female parent was a proprietary dahlia breeding selection designated 3236, characterized by its white flower colour, medium green foliage and semi-upright growth habit. The initial selection was made in September 2000 and asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings. Selection criterial included flower form and growth habit.

Tests & Trials: 'Baldelmim' was tested in an outdoor trial during the spring/summer of 2008 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial consisted of a total of 15 plants per variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 20 cm pots on May 15, 2008. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 26, 2008. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Baldelmim' with reference variety 'Baldelmalo'

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Baldelmim' 'Baldelmalo'
mean 4.2 7.5
std. deviation 0.27 0.55

Flower head diameter (cm)

  'Baldelmim' 'Baldelmalo'
mean 7.8 5.8
std. deviation 0.47 0.53

Flower head height (cm)

  'Baldelmim' 'Baldelmalo'
mean 4.4 2.9
std. deviation 0.34 0.32

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Dahlia: 'Baldelmim' (left) with reference variety 'Baldelmalo' (right)

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Dahlia: 'Baldelmim' (left) with reference variety 'Baldelmalo' (right)

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