Denomination: 'Balfafusimp'
Trade name: Fanfare Fuchsia
Botanical Name: Impatiens flaccida x I. hawkeri
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: 05-4595
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-09-25
Certificate Number: 2931
Date rights surrendered: 2012-09-27

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balfafusia' (Fanfare Fuchsia)

Summary: 'Balfafusimp' has a narrower plant width than 'Balfafusia'. 'Balfafusimp' has darker leaf colour than 'Balfafusia'. 'Balfafusimp' has a shorter pedicel length than 'Balfafusia'. 'Balfafusimp' has slightly different flower colour than 'Balfafusia'.


STEM: strong anthocyanin colouration

LEAVES: no variegation, dark green on upper side, absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration on upper side, lower side green between veins, very weak anthocyanin on midrib on lower side, absent to very weak anthocyanin on veins on lower side, weak anthocyanin on upper side of petiole

FLOWERS: single, red purple on upper side, no eye zone, lower petal with moderately deep incision, weak anthocyanin on pedicel, spur with medium to strong anthocyanin and medium to strong curvature.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balfafusimp' originated in a controlled breeding program during April 2004 at Dulce Nombre, Cartago, Costa Rica. The female parent was a proprietary unnamed Impatiens flaccida selection, characterized by its lilac flower colour, green leaf colour and semi-prostrate growth habit. The male parent was a bulk of pollen collected from the Java Series F1 hybrid New Guinea impatiens, characterized by light and dark green leaf colours and mounded growth habit. The initial selection was made in March 2003 and asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'Balfafusimp' were conducted in a polyhouse at BioFlora in St. Thomas, Ontario in the summer of 2006. The trials included 15 plants of each variety. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 11 cm pots on April 20, 2006. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 RHS Colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balfafusimp' with reference variety 'Balfafusia'

Plant width (cm)

  'Balfafusimp' 'Balfafusia'
mean 40.4 47.8
std. deviation 2.05 1.52

Colour of petal (RHS)

  'Balfafusimp' 'Balfafusia'
upper side N74A N74A (more pink than)
lower side N74B N74B

Pedicel length (cm)

  'Balfafusimp' 'Balfafusia'
mean 4.0 5.9
std. deviation 0.10 0.19

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Impatiens: 'Balfafusimp' (left) with reference variety 'Balfafusia' (right)

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