Denomination: 'Baluclush'
Trade name: Lucky Honey Blush
Botanical Name: Lantana camara
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: 07-5876
Grant of Rights Date: 2009-10-06
Certificate Number: 3655
Date rights surrendered: 2010-11-25

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Bante Rossa' (Bandana Rose)

Summary: 'Balaclush' has taller plants with denser pubescence on the stems than 'Bante Rossa'. 'Balaclush' has longer peduncles and a smaller inflorescence diameter with smaller flowers than 'Bante Rossa'. Curvature of the corolla lobes along the longitudinal axis is recurved for 'Balaclush' while it is incurved for 'Bante Rossa'. The upper side of the newly opened flowers of 'Balaclush' are darker yellow than those of 'Bante Rossa'.


PLANT: erect to semi-erect growth habit, short to medium height
STEM: dense to very dense pubescence

LEAF BLADE: long, medium width, ovate, acute apex, obtuse base, crenate to dentate margin, medium green on upper side, dense pubescence on upper and lower sides
PETIOLE: short

INFLORESCENCE: located both in axillary and terminal positions, small to medium diameter, dome shaped profile, contains flowers of more than two colours
FLOWER: very short to short, medium width, upper side of newly open flower is light yellow, upper side of mature flower is violet (RHS 75A-B) overlaid with blue pink (RHS 67C), eye zone is yellow orange (RHS 14A) changing to orange red (RHS N30B) on aged flowers
COROLLA LOBES: arrangement is not touching, recurved along longitudinal axis, weak undulation of margin

Origin & Breeding History: 'Baluclush' originated from a self-pollination conducted on May 15, 2003 in Arroyo Grande, California, U.S.A. as part of a controlled breeding program. The female parent was the proprietary breeding selection designated 'BFP 191-1' and characterized by its medium pink and yellow inflorescence, dark green foliage and mounded plant growth habit. The male parent was the proprietary breeding selection designated 'BFP 294-2' and characterized by its white flowers, dark green foliage and compact, mounded plant growth habit. 'Baluclush' was selected on June 8, 2004 based on its flower colour and plant growth habit which meet the product specifications for its series.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Baluclush' were conducted during the spring of 2008 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants per variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 15 cm pots on May 13, 2008. Measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from 10 plants or parts of plants of each variety on July 4, 2008. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Baluclush' with reference variety 'Bante Rossa'

Plant height (cm)

  'Baluclush' 'Bante Rossa'
mean 28.3 23.1
std. deviation 1.25 1.20

Peduncle length (cm)

  'Baluclush' 'Bante Rossa'
mean 6.7 5.4
std. deviation 0.46 0.41

Inflorescence diameter (cm)

  'Baluclush' 'Bante Rossa'
mean 3.8 5.2
std. deviation 0.26 0.35

Flower length (cm)

  'Baluclush' 'Bante Rossa'
mean 1.2 1.6
std. deviation 0.09 0.07

Flower broadest width (cm)

  'Baluclush' 'Bante Rossa'
mean 1.2 1.5
std. deviation 0.07 0.07

Colour of upper side of flower (RHS)

  'Baluclush' 'Bante Rossa'
newly open 10C 11D

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Lantana: 'Baluclush' (left) with reference variety 'Bante Rossa' (right)

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Lantana: 'Baluclush' (left) with reference variety 'Bante Rossa' (right)

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