|Trade name:||Arcade Trailing Blue with Eye|
|Botanical Name:||Lobelia erinus|
Syngenta Seeds B.V.
P.O. Box 2
Theodorus C. M. van Kleinwee, Syngenta Seeds B.V., Enkhuizen, Netherlands
|Agent in Canada:||
38723 Fingal Line
St. Thomas, Ontario
Varieties used for comparison: 'Big Blue' and 'Lobeto' (Laguna Trailing Dark Blue)
Summary: 'Lobtrablu' has a shorter plant height and narrower plant width than 'Big Blue'. The foliage of 'Lobtrablu' is sparse in comparison to 'Big Blue' which has medium foliage density. 'Lobtrablu' has thinner stems than the reference varieties. 'Lobtrablu' has lighter green leaf coloration than both reference varieties. 'Lobtrablu' has a dark blue stigma while 'Lobeto' has a purple stigma.
PLANT: vegetatively propagated annual, spreading/trailing growth habit, sparse to medium branching, sparse foliage
STEM: thin, medium to dark green, weak anthocyanin colouration, no pubescence
LEAF: alternate arrangement, simple type, spatulate shape, apex obtuse with very small tip, attenuate base, sparsely serrate margin, light to medium green with no variegation, very sparse and short pubescence
SEPAL: triangular, very weak anthocyanin colouration on tips only
INFLORESCENCE: raceme type, terminal and axillary position, upright attitude
PEDICEL: absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration
UPPER COROLLA LOBE: acute and cuspidate apex, elliptic, violet blue
LOWER COROLLA LOBE: elliptic and obovate shape, violet blue on upper and lower sides, small white with dark blue blotched markings, very small yellow palate
STIGMA: dark blue
Origin & Breeding History: 'Lobtrablu' originated from a controlled cross made in 2000, in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands, between the female parent Z0892 and the male parent 'Big Blue'. The new variety 'Lobtrablu' was selected from the resultant progeny as a single plant in April 2001. It was tested as a clone one year later for greenhouse and field performance, branching and plant habit, flower colour and size and continuity criteria. The first asexual reproduction by cuttings was conducted in April 2001.
Tests & Trials: Tests and trials were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2007 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants of each variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11cm pots on April 23, 2007. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 20, 2007. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.
Comparison tables for 'Lobtrablu' with reference varieties 'Big Blue' and 'Lobeto'
Plant height (cm)
Plant width (cm)
Corolla colour (RHS)
|upper lobe- upper side||94A||96A||96B with 96A at apex|
|lower lobe-upper side||95C||96B with darker apex 96A||96B with faded areas of 96D|
|lower lobe- lower side||96D (darker than) at apex||95C||97C with streaks of 96B|
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