Denomination: 'Balolespri'
Trade name: Fiesta Ole Purple Stripe
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: 2007-04-12
Application Number: 07-5869
Grant of Rights Date: 2009-10-06
Certificate Number: 3646
Date rights surrendered: 2010-11-25

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'TiPar' (Tioga Purple Star)

Summary: The plants of 'Balolespri' are smaller than those of 'TiPar'. 'Balolespri' has larger flowers than 'TiPar'. The secondary colour on the lower side of the petals of 'Balolespri' is red purple while that of 'TiPar' is purple. 'Balolespri' has longer pedicels than 'TiPar'.


PLANT: very short to short, narrow, weak to medium anthocyanin colouration on upper third of shoot

LEAF: medium to long, narrow to medium width, no variegation, medium green to dark green on upper side, medium anthocyanin colouration at base of midrib on upper side, red and green between veins on lower side, very weak intensity of red colouration between veins on lower side, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on midrib of lower side, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on veins of lower side
PETIOLE: weak anthocyanin colouration on upper side, very short to short

FLOWER: double, wide to very wide, two coloured, white (RHS 155B) with purple (RHS 71B) and tones of red purple (RHS N74A) irregularly distributed on the upper side of all petals, white (RHS 155B) with red purple (RHS N74B) on lower side of all petals, no eye zone, medium to long pedicel, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on pedicel
SPUR: no anthocyanin colouration, weak degree of curvature

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balolespri' originated from the self-pollination of the proprietary breeding selection designated 3684-2 which was conducted in July 2002 in Elburn, Illinois, USA as part of a controlled breeding program. The initial selection was made in January 2003 and was based on flower colour, flower form and plant growth habit. Asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balolespri' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2008 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Trials included 15 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 15 cm pots on April 25, 2008. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 23, 2008. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balolespri' with reference variety 'TiPar'

Plant height (cm)

  'Balolespri' 'TiPar'
mean 14.3 22.6
std. deviation 2.36 2.01

Plant width (cm)

  'Balolespri' 'TiPar'
mean 32.0 37.9
std. deviation 1.94 1.29

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Balolespri' 'TiPar'
mean 4.7 3.7
std. deviation 0.14 0.24

Secondary colour of petals (RHS)

  'Balolespri' 'TiPar'
lower side N74B 71C

Pedicel length (cm)

  'Balolespri' 'TiPar'
mean 2.3 1.6
std. deviation 0.16 0.23

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Impatiens: 'Balolespri' (left) with reference variety 'TiPar' (right)

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Impatiens: 'Balolespri' (left) with reference variety 'TiPar' (right)

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