Denomination: 'Balwinwite'
Trade name: Wink White
Botanical Name: Diascia
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: 2005-02-10
Application Number: 05-4547
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-07-05
Certificate Number: 2812
Date rights surrendered: 2011-07-11

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balwhiswhit' (Whisper White)

Summary: 'Balwinwite' has a more spreading growth habit and darker green leaves than 'Balwhiswhit'. The pedicels of 'Balwinwite' are long to very long, whereas the pedicels of the reference variety are medium in length. The corolla of 'Balwinwite' is shorter and narrower than 'Balwhiswhit'. 'Balwinwite' has a moderate density of pink elaiophores on the lower corolla lobe, whereas 'Balwhiswhit' has a high density of pink to medium red elaiophores. 'Balwinwite' has one dark yellow spot in the corolla throat, compared with 'Balwhiswhit' which has two medium yellow spots.


PLANT: upright to semi-upright habit, medium to tall, medium to broad in width, dense branching, no stem anthocyanin

LEAF BLADE: dark green, medium to long in length, medium to broad in width, no variegation, no anthocyanin colouration, cordate base, narrow acute apex, dentate margin, no hairiness

PEDUNCLE: medium to long internodes with long to very long pedicels
COROLLA: medium length, medium to broad in width, white on inner surface, moderate reflexing of lateral lobes
LOWER LOBE: broader than long, very weak undulation of margin, moderate density of pink trichomal elaiophores
COROLLA THROAT: one dark yellow spot
SPUR: white, moderate curvature

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balwinwite' originated in a controlled breeding program during December 2002, in Guadalupe, California. The female parent was the proprietary diascia selection designated 2008-2-2-3-2, characterized by its large, white coloured flowers, dark green leaf colour and upright growth habit. The male parent was the proprietary diascia selection designated 3384-4-1-1, characterized by its blush white flower colour, medium green leaf colour and prostrate growth habit. The initial selection was made in March 2003. Asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: The trials for 'Balwinwite' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2006 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants of each variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings transplanted into 11 cm pots on March 31, 2006. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on May 17, 2006. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 RHS colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balwinwite' with reference variety 'Balwhiswhit'

Length of corolla (cm)

  'Balwinwite' 'Balwhiswhit'
mean 2.2 2.5
std. deviation 0.18 0.13

Width of corolla at broadest part (cm)

  'Balwinwite' 'Balwhiswhit'
mean 2.2 2.5
std. deviation 0.11 0.13

Main colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Balwinwite' 'Balwhiswhit'
inner side whiter than 155C whiter than 155C

Colour of spur (RHS)

  'Balwinwite' 'Balwhiswhit'
main 155C 155C

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Diascia: 'Balwinwite' (left) with reference variety 'Balwhiswhit' (right)

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Diascia: 'Balwinwite' (left) with reference variety 'Balwhiswhit' (right)

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Diascia: 'Balwinwite' (left) with reference variety 'Balwhiswhit' (right)

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