Baby Blue

Forget-me-not

Denomination: 'Baby Blue'
Botanical Name: Myosotis
Applicant/Holder: InnovaPlant Zierpflanzen GmbH & Co. KG
Postfach 113
D-55454
Gensingen
Germany
Breeder: Markl Heinz, Tuntenhausen, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Canada
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-04-20
Application Number: 05-4760
Date Withdrawn: 2010-07-15

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Victoria Blue'

Summary: The plant growth habit of 'Baby Blue' is bushy to spreading whereas it is upright-bushy for 'Victoria Blue'. 'Baby Blue' has shorter plants with darker green leaves and a larger corolla than 'Victoria Blue'. The upper side of the corolla of 'Baby Blue' is light blue violet with white at the base deepening to blue with a yellow ring at the throat whereas for 'Victoria Blue', it is darker blue with a yellow orange ring at the throat. The lower side of the corolla is blue with white tones for 'Baby Blue' whereas it is darker blue for 'Victoria Blue'.

Description:

PLANT: vegetative propagation method, perennial type, bushy to spreading growth habit, moderate degree of branching

LEAF: alternate arrangement along stem, simple type
LEAF BLADE: lanceolate, no petiole, acute apex, cuneate base, entire margin, medium pubescence on upper side, sparse pubescence on lower side, medium green on upper side, light green on lower side

FLOWERING: begins early, moderate length of time
INFLORESCENCE: cyme type, moderate density
FLOWER: located both in terminal and axillary locations, erect attitude
COROLLA: salverform shape, very weak undulation of margin, weak recurvature of margin, upper side is light blue violet (RHS 76C) upon opening and deepens to blue (RHS 101C) when fully open with yellow (RHS 12A-B) ring at throat, lower side is blue (RHS 100C) with white tones when fully open
COROLLA LOBES: partially fused, five

Origin & Breeding History: 'Baby Blue' was developed by the breeder Marl Heinz in Germany during a program to create new types of Myosotis varieties with a well branched compact growth habit and early flowering. It originated from a controlled cross made in 1998 in Germany between the female parent, an unnamed seedling of Myosotis palustris and the male parent, an unnamed seedling of Myosotis sylvatica. 'Baby Blue' was selected in the summer of 1999 based on its very compact plant growth habit, good branching, early flowering and larger flowers.

Tests & Trials: Trials of 'Baby Blue' were conducted outdoors in the spring of 2009 at Bioflora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. It included 10 plants of each variety. One year old plants were transplanted to the garden plot in October 2008. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants or parts of plants on May 14, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.


Comparison tables for 'Baby Blue' with reference variety 'Victoria Blue'

Plant height (cm)

  'Baby Blue' 'Victoria Blue'
mean 8.9 12.0
std. deviation 1.85 1.85

Corolla diameter (cm)

  'Baby Blue' 'Victoria Blue'
mean 1.2 0.7
std. deviation 0.09 0.10

Corolla colour (RHS)

  'Baby Blue' 'Victoria Blue'
upper side - upon opening 76C N/A
upper side - fully open 101C with white base 104B
upper side - ring at throat 12A-B 13A-C
lower side 100C with white tones 100B

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Forget-me-not: 'Baby Blue' (left) with reference variety 'Victoria Blue' (right)

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Forget-me-not: 'Baby Blue' (left) with reference variety 'Victoria Blue' (right)

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Forget-me-not: 'Baby Blue' (left) with reference variety 'Victoria Blue' (right)

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