Denomination: 'Balserimlav'
Trade name: Serenity Lavender Frost
Botanical Name: Osteospermum ecklonis
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: 2006-03-09
Application Number: 06-5322
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-07-08
Certificate Number: 3260
Date rights surrendered: 2011-07-11

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balserlavfro' (Serenity Lavender Frost)

Summary: 'Balserimlav' differs from the reference variety, 'Balserlavfro', mainly in diameter of the inflorescence. The inflorescence of 'Balserimlav' is large to very large whereas it is large in 'Balserlavfro'.


PLANT: erect shoots with weak anthocyanin at nodes, short to medium height

LEAF: medium to long, medium to wide, elliptic shape, no incisions of margins, no variegation, medium green on the upper side

FLOWER: short to medium length peduncle, one or two complete ray floret whorls, large to very large inflorescence diameter
RAY FLORET: long, medium to wide, oblanceolate in shape, with a rounded - dentate apex and no inward rolling of longitudinal margins, horizontal attitude to downwards with age, white with pink at tip on upper side, pink with red-pink stripes in centre on lower side
DISC: purple before dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balserimlav' originated from the cross of the proprietary breeding selection '33156-4', as the female parent, with another proprietary seedling selection, '33156-7', as the male parent. The cross was conducted in April 2003 in Santa Paula, California, USA. The initial selection was made in December 2003. Asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings. Selection criteria included earliness to flower and growth habit.

Tests & Trials: The trials for 'Balserimlav' were conducted in a polyhouse at BioFlora in St. Thomas, Ontario, during the spring of 2007. The trials included 15 plants of each variety grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11 cm pots. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour characteristics were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart.

Comparison table for 'Balserimlav' with reference variety 'Balserlavfro'

Inflorescence diameter (cm)

  'Balserimlav' 'Balserlavfro'
mean 8.8 7.9
std. deviation 0.39 0.41

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Osteospermum: 'Balserimlav' (left) with reference variety 'Balserlavfro' (right)

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