Fisnics Lilav


Denomination: 'Fisnics Lilav'
Trade name: Sonic Light Lavender
Botanical Name: Impatiens hawkeri
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Birgit Christa Hofmann, Bendorf, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2002-05-02
Application Number: 02-3071
Grant of Rights Date: 2003-09-24
Certificate Number: 1579
Date rights surrendered: 2015-08-21

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balcelilae' (Celebration Light Lavender Improved)

Summary: 'Fisnics Lilav' produces plants which are more narrow than those of 'Balcelilae'. Flower colour for 'Fisnics Lilav' is light lavender with darker lavender tones while for 'Balcelilae', it is darker lavender with light lavender on the upper petal. 'Fisnics Lilav' has longer pedicels than those of 'Balcelilae'. Anthocyanin colouration for the flower spur of 'Fisnics Lilav' is absent while it is of weak intensity for 'Balcelilae'. Degree of curvature of the flower spur is moderate for 'Fisnics Lilav' while it is strong for 'Balcelilae'.


'Fisnics Lilav' is a New Guinea impatiens variety. Anthocyanin colouration of the upper third of the shoots and upper side of the leaf blades is absent. Intensity of green colouration of the upper side of the leaves is weak to moderate and there is no marking. The lower side of the leaf blades between the veins is green in colour. Anthocyanin colouration of the midrib and veins on the lower surface of the leaf blade and the upper side of the petiole is absent.

'Fisnics Lilav' has single flowers which are light lavender in colour with darker lavender tones and no secondary colouration. The medium to large sized eye zone is white in colour. Depth of the incisions on the lower petals is medium deep to deep. Anthocyanin colouration of the pedicel and flower spur is absent. Degree of curvature of the flower spur is moderate.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Fisnics Lilav' originated from a hybridization between the female parent, variety 'Harmony White', and the male parent, variety 'Riviera Pink Eye', made in Hillscheid, Germany in 2000. The resultant seed was sown in Galdar, Gran Canaria and selections were made in the autumn of 2000 based on flower and foliage colour. Vegetative cuttings from the selected seedling were further trial cultivated in Hillscheid, Germany. The final selection of 'Fisnics Lilav' was based on growth characteristics and plant habit.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Fisnics Lilav' were conducted in a greenhouse during the spring/summer of 2002 in Langley, British Columbia. The trials included 15 plants per variety. All plants were grown from unrooted cuttings. Once rooted, the cuttings were transplanted into 9 cm pots and 10 weeks later, repotted into 15 cm pots. The pots were spaced 30 cm apart, from pot center. The plants were grown in a peat-perlite mix (60:40), and fertilized with a balanced fertilizer once per week. Plants were shaded when light levels were above 5000 foot candles. All colour characteristics were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) Colour Chart and measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from 10 plants of each variety.

Comparison tables for 'Fisnics Lilav' with reference variety 'Balcelilae'

Plant width (cm)

  'Fisnics Lilav' 'Balcelilae'
mean 32.5 36.2
std. deviation 2.799 3.360

Pedicel length (cm)

  'Fisnics Lilav' 'Balcelilae'
mean 6.27 4.25
std. deviation 0.548 0.375

Flower colour (RHS)

  'Fisnics Lilav' 'Balcelilae'
upper side 77C with darker tones of N78C lighter than N78B with N78D on upper petal
lower side 69C N78D-77D

Eye zone colour

  'Fisnics Lilav' 'Balcelilae'
RHS code 155B 155B
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