Denomination: 'Balfanwite'
Trade name: Fantasia White
Botanical Name: Pelargonium ×hortorum
Applicant/Holder: Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
United States of America
Breeder: Frank Silze, Silze GmbH & Co. KG, Weener, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-02-18
Application Number: 05-4606
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-12-24
Certificate Number: 3100
Date rights surrendered: 2013-02-07

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Fisroweiss' (Rocky Mountain White '06)

Summary: 'Balfanwite' has a wavier leaf margin and darker green leaves than 'Fisroweiss'. 'Balfanwite' produces fewer inflorescences per plant than 'Fisroweiss'. 'Balfanwite' has a shorter peduncle and longer pedicel than 'Fisroweiss'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, short to medium height, medium width, low to medium number of branches
STEM: green, medium thickness, dense pubescence

LEAF BLADE: medium length and width, open base
MARGIN: bicrenate, lobing present, shallow incisions, medium waviness
UPPER SIDE: dense pubescence, dark green, no variegation
LEAF ZONE: very weak, normal position, green
PETIOLE: medium length, dense pubescence

INFLORESCENCE: white colour group, low number per plant, medium diameter
PEDUNCLE: medium length, dense pubescence, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration
FLORET: bud elliptic, semi-double, medium diameter, medium number of petals, margin entire
UPPER PETAL: narrow to medium width, white on upper and lower side, no markings
LOWER PETAL: medium to broad, white on upper side and lower side, no markings
PEDICEL: long, dense pubescence, green on middle third, no swelling
SEPAL: dense pubescence, green

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balfanwite' originated from a cross made in the summer of 1999 at Weener, Niedersachsen, Germany. The female parent was the variety 'Penwei' and the male parent was the variety 'Sil Wenke'. The initial selection was made in June 2000 and asexual propagation since that time has been through the use of vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balfanwite' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2006 at St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 15 plants of the candidate and reference varieties. Rooted cuttings were planted into 10 cm pots on May 1, 2006 and then transplanted into 20 cm pots on June 26, 2006. Measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balfanwite' with reference variety 'Fisroweiss'

Peduncle length (cm)

  'Balfanwite' 'Fisroweiss'
mean 11.4 14.6
std. deviation 1.34 3.01

Pedicel length (cm)

  'Balfanwite' 'Fisroweiss'
mean 3.2 2.7
std. deviation 0.28 0.24

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Pelargonium: 'Balfanwite' (left) with reference variety 'Fisroweiss' (right)

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