Denomination: 'Balserpinkim'
Trade name: Serenity Pink Improved
Botanical Name: Osteospermum ecklonis
Applicant/Holder: Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
United States of America
Breeder: Linda Laughner, Ball Horticultural Company, Santa Paula, 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: 08-6203
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-07-13
Certificate Number: 3893
Date rights surrendered: 2011-07-11

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Osjotis' (Soprano Light Purple)

Summary: The flowers of 'Balserpinkim' are larger than those of 'Osjotis'. The middle zone of the lower side of the ray florets of 'Balserpinkim' is violet to brown violet while it is purple to blue violet for 'Osjotis'.


PLANT: erect to semi-erect

LEAF: shallow to medium depth margin indentations, no variegation, medium green on upper side

FLOWER: no paracorolla
RAY FLORET: rounded apex, no inward rolling of longitudinal margins, violet (RHS 77C-D) at apex fading to white towards base when newly opened, violet (RHS 77B) basal zone when fully opened, two colours on upper side, upper side is blue pink (RHS N74C) with white along base margins when fully opened, violet to brown violet middle zone on lower side
DISC: blue/purple

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balserpinkim' originated from a self-pollination of the proprietary breeding selection 160-4,7-op-2 conducted in May 2005, at Santa Paula, California, United States. Selection of 'Balserpinkim' was made in February 2006 based on growth habit and flowering that best matches the 'Serenity' series. Asexual propagation since its selection has been through vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balserpinkim' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2009 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11 cm pots on March 31, 2009. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety June 1, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison table for 'Balserpinkim' with reference variety 'Osjotis'

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Balserpinkim' 'Osjotis'
mean 7.4 6.5
std. deviation 0.35 0.22

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Osteospermum: 'Balserpinkim' (left) with reference variety 'Osjotis' (right)

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Osteospermum: 'Balserpinkim' (left) with reference variety 'Osjotis' (right)

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Osteospermum: 'Balserpinkim' (left) with reference variety 'Osjotis' (right)

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