Denomination: 'LOBZ0004'
Trade name: Techno Heat Upright Light Blue
Botanical Name: Lobelia erinus
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Eric Giesen, Syngenta Seeds B.V., Andijk, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2011-11-01
Application Number: 11-7412
Grant of Rights Date: 2013-06-19
Certificate Number: 4545
Date rights surrendered: 2014-06-19

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Balwatazmi' (Waterfall Azure Mist) and 'KLELE10670' (Magadi Electric Blue)

Summary: The plants of 'LOBZ0004' have upright attitude of shoots while those of 'Balwatazmi' are semi-upright. The plants of 'LOBZ0004' are taller than those of 'Balwatazmi'. The shoots of 'LOBZ0004' are shorter than those of 'Balwatazmi'. The leaves of 'LOBZ0004' are narrower than those of 'KLELE10670'. The leaf blades of 'LOBZ0004' have shallow to medium depth margin incisions while those of 'Balwatazmi' have medium to deep incisions. The corolla of 'LOBZ0004' is longer and has a wider lower lip than that of 'Balwatazmi'. The white zone on the lower lip of 'LOBZ0004' is large and rounded while that of 'KLELE10670' is small to medium sized and elongated. The markings on the lower lip of 'LOBZ0004' are small to medium whereas they are mostly absent on 'Balwatazmi'.


PLANT: upright attitude of shoots
SHOOT: medium thickness, medium green, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration, absent or very sparse pubescence

LEAF BLADE: shallow to medium depth margin incisions, oblanceolate, mostly obtuse, medium green on upper side, absent or very sparse pubescence on upper side

FLOWER: single
UPPER LIP: obovate, violet blue (RHS 96C-D) on inner side
LOWER LIP: light blue violet (RHS 97B) with violet blue (RHS 96B) at apex on upper side, large white zone on upper side, rounded white zone, small to medium sized markings, light violet blue (RHS 97C) with white (RHS NN155B) at base on lower side, touching lobes
COROLLA TUBE: violet blue to light violet blue (RHS 97A-B) on outer side

Origin & Breeding History: 'LOBZ0004' originated from a cross pollination conducted in Andijk, The Netherlands in January of 2007 between the female parent identified as 'LOB06-235-2' and pollen from the male parent identified as 'LOB1117-1'. The new variety was bred and developed by the breeder Eric Giesen, an employee of Syngenta Seeds B.V. in Andjik, as part of a controlled breeding program. The resultant seed was collected and sown in a greenhouse in Andijk in May 2007. In August 2007, a single plant was selected based on criteria for flower colour and plant habit.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'LOBZ0004' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2012 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 20 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11 cm pots on April 23, 2012. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on May 29, 2012. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'LOBZ0004' with reference varieties 'Balwatazmi' and 'KLELE10670'

Plant height (cm)

  'LOBZ0004' 'Balwatazmi' 'KLELE10670'
mean 18.3 13.2 16.8
std. deviation 0.86 1.74 1.77

Shoot length (cm)

  'LOBZ0004' 'Balwatazmi' 'KLELE10670'
mean 16.9 21.6 18.2
std. deviation 1.29 1.77 1.84

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'LOBZ0004' 'Balwatazmi' 'KLELE10670'
mean 1.3 1.4 1.7
std. deviation 0.13 0.21 0.18

Corolla length (cm)

  'LOBZ0004' 'Balwatazmi' 'KLELE10670'
mean 2.1 1.7 2.2
std. deviation 0.11 0.06 0.10

Lower lip width (cm)

  'LOBZ0004' 'Balwatazmi' 'KLELE10670'
mean 2.0 1.3 2.1
std. deviation 0.12 0.07 0.10

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Lobelia: 'LOBZ0004' (left) with reference varieties 'Balwatazmi' (centre) and 'KLELE10670' (right)

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Lobelia: 'LOBZ0004' (left) with reference varieties 'Balwatazmi' (centre) and 'KLELE10670' (right)

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Lobelia: 'LOBZ0004' (left) with reference varieties 'Balwatazmi' (centre) and 'KLELE10670' (right)

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