Denomination: 'Balfiestarsa'
Trade name: Fiesta Stardust Salmon
Botanical Name: Impatiens walleriana
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: 2005-02-18
Application Number: 05-4593
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-09-25
Certificate Number: 2928
Date rights surrendered: 2009-11-23

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Salmon Sunrise' (Fiesta Salmon Sunrise)

Summary: 'Balfiestarsa' has a slightly longer leaf than 'Salmon Sunrise'. On the lower side of the leaf between the veins it is red and green for 'Balfiestarsa' and only green for 'Salmon Sunrise'. 'Balfiestarsa' has stronger anthocyanin colouration on the upper side of the petiole and on the flower spur than 'Salmon Sunrise'. The flower diameter of 'Balfiestarsa' is slightly larger than 'Salmon Sunrise'. 'Balfiestarsa' has a white flower colour with dense red pink speckles while it is red pink in 'Salmon Sunrise'. The lower side of the flower petal in 'Balfiestarsa' is red pink around the margin area with white in the central and basal area while it is red pink for 'Salmon Sunrise'. 'Balfiestarsa' has a stronger degree of curvature of the flower spur than 'Salmon Sunrise'.


PLANT: medium to tall, medium width, weak to medium anthocyanin colouration at the internodes on the upper third of the shoot

LEAF: long, no variegation, medium green, weak to medium red and green between the veins on the lower side, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on the midrib of the lower side, weak anthocyanin colouration on the upper side of the petiole

FLOWER: double type, large to very large diameter, white with dense dark pink red speckles on upper side, red pink around margin on lower side with white centre and base, medium to long pedicel, very weak to weak anthocyanin colouration on the pedicel
SPUR: medium anthocyanin colouration, strong curvature

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balfiestarsa' is the result of a self pollination of the proprietary impatiens selection designated 3596-3-2 during February 2003 at Elburn, Illinois, USA. Initial selection was made during October 2003 based on its flower type, and branching habit.

Tests & Trials: Trials were conducted during the summer of 2006 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Trials include 15 plants of each variety individually grown in 15cm pots in a poly house. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour measurements were made using RHS colour chart 2001.

Comparison tables for 'Balfiestarsa' with reference variety 'Salmon Sunrise'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Balfiestarsa' 'Salmon Sunrise'
mean 7.6 6.7
std. deviation 0.78 0.65

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Balfiestarsa' 'Salmon Sunrise'
mean 5.0 3.7
std. deviation 0.5 0.21

Flower petal colour (RHS)

  'Balfiestarsa' 'Salmon Sunrise'
upper side speckles of 52A over white more orange than 52A
lower side 52B around margin with white centre and base 52C-D

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Impatiens: 'Balfiestarsa' (left) with reference variety 'Salmon Sunrise' (right)

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