|Previously Proposed Denomination:||'Butterfly Blue'|
|Trade name:||Waterfall Sky Blue|
|Botanical Name:||Lobelia erinus|
Kieft Bloemzaden B.V.
Henry Lommerse, Mariahout-Laarbeek, Netherlands
|Agent in Canada:||
Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
Oxford Station, Ontario
Variety used for comparison: 'Loboudtis' (Laguna Sky Blue)
Summary: 'Butterfly Blue' has a slightly larger plant than 'Loboudtis'. The peduncle of 'Butterfly Blue' is slightly longer than 'Loboudtis'. 'Butterfly Blue' has a larger corolla diameter than 'Loboudtis'. The flower of 'Butterfly Blue' is a slightly darker violet blue than 'Loboudtis'.
PLANT: vegetatively propagated annual, spreading/trailing growth habit, medium green stem, absent or very sparse pubescence on the stem
LEAF: arranged alternately, simple type, linear to elliptic in shape, acute apex, attenuate base, serrate margin, medium to dark green, no variegation present, no petiole
INFLORESCENCE: raceme type, peduncle present, flowers almost continuously early in the season for a long amount of time
FLOWER: simple type, positioned axillary, erect attitude facing outward
COROLLA: five lobes partially fused, medium size, bilabiate shape, violet blue inner side, violet blue (RHS 95C/96B) inner side of throat, violet blue outer side, violet blue (RHS 97A) outer side of throat
Origin & Breeding History: The new cultivar was developed from a half-sib cross, KA-99-4/6, between two unnamed parental lines of Lobelia during 1998 in Mariahout-Laarbeek, The Netherlands. The F1 seedlings were grown out in 1999 and evaluated over several years for flower colour, flower size and trailing habit. In 2003, the new variety was selected based on ease of propagation and flower colour.
Tests & Trials: Trials were conducted during the summer of 2006 in Oxford Station, Ontario. Trials consisted of 15 plants of each variety individually grown in 10cm pots in a polyhouse. Plants were spaced 30 cm apart. Observations and measurements were taken on 10 plants of each variety. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.
Comparison tables for 'Kielowasky' with reference variety 'Loboudtis'
Plant height (cm)
Plant width (cm)
Peduncle length (cm)
Corolla diameter (mm)
Flower colour (RHS)
|inner side of corolla||95C/96B||96C/D|
|outer side of corolla||97A||97A/B|
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