Denomination: 'Balarwitim'
Trade name: Aromatica White Improved
Botanical Name: Nemesia foetens
Applicant/Holder: Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
United States of America
Breeder: Paul Talmadge, Orcutt, 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: 2008-02-28
Application Number: 08-6201
Date Withdrawn: 2010-06-10

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Tiktoc' (Compact Innocence)

Summary: 'Balarwitim' has a larger corolla than 'Tiktoc'. 'Balarwitim' has a small, weakly conspicuous, yellow blotch at the base of the upper lobes of the corolla while 'Tiktoc' has none.


PLANT: upright growth habit, moderate density

LEAF BLADE: medium number of shallow indentations of margin, no variegation, medium green on upper side, petiole present

INFLORESCENCE: sparse density, weak flower fragrance
COROLLA: no colour change with age
UPPER LOBES OF COROLLA: white on inner and outer sides, absent or short yellow veins, very weakly conspicuous veins, basal blotch is very small, weakly conspicuous and yellow
UPPER LOBES OF COROLLA (LATERAL LOBES): equal in length relative to length of lower lobe, moderately outward attitude when viewed from the front, in line with central lobes when viewed from the side, rounded apex
LOWER LOBE OF COROLLA: moderately incurved, weak curvature in cross-section, weak to moderate undulation, weak indentation of margin, white on inner and outer sides, no secondary colour
PALATE: small relative to size of lower lobe of corolla, medium yellow, dense hairs
SPUR: short

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balarwitim' is the result of an open pollination conducted in October 2005 in Guadalupe, California, U.S.A. as part of a controlled breeding program. The female parent was the proprietary breeding selection designated '5291-3', characterized by its white flowers, medium green foliage and mounded plant growth habit. 'Balarwitim' was initially selected in March 2006 based on its uniform performance in multiple environments, compact and mounded growth habit and full foliage.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balarwitim' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2009 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. It included a total of 15 plants per variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11.5 cm pots on April 7, 2009. Measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from 10 plants or parts of plants on May 11, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balarwitim' with reference variety 'Tiktoc'

Corolla length (cm)

  'Balarwitim' 'Tiktoc'
mean 2.4 1.6
std. deviation 0.12 0.10

Corolla width (cm)

  'Balarwitim' 'Tiktoc'
mean 2.2 1.7
std. deviation 0.15 0.21

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Nemesia: 'Balarwitim' (left) with reference variety 'Tiktoc' (right)

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Nemesia: 'Balarwitim' (left) with reference variety 'Tiktoc' (right)

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Nemesia: 'Balarwitim' (left) with reference variety 'Tiktoc' (right)

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