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lobularia plant named ‘balbeezink’

Updated Time 12 June 2019

Patent Registration Data

Publication Number

USPP29971

Application Number

US15/732855

Application Date

05 January 2018

Publication Date

11 December 2018

Current Assignee

BALL HORTICULTURAL COMPANY

Original Assignee (Applicant)

BALL HORTICULTURAL COMPANY

International Classification

A01H5/02

Cooperative Classification

A01H5/02,A01H6/20

Inventor

WINSLOW, BENJAMIN K.

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Abstract

A new and distinct cultivar of Lobularia plant named ‘Balbeezink’, characterized by its very light purple-colored flowers, medium green-colored foliage, moderately vigorous, mounded-spreading growth habit, is disclosed.

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Claims

1. A new and distinct cultivar of Lobularia plant named ‘Balbeezink’, substantially as herein illustrated and described.

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    1. A new and distinct cultivar of Lobularia plant named ‘Balbeezink’, substantially as herein illustrated and described.
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Description

Latin name of genus and species of plant claimed: Lobularia maritima.

Variety denomination: ‘Balbeezink’.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Lobularia plant botanically known as Lobularia maritima and hereinafter referred to by the cultivar name ‘Balbeezink’.

The new cultivar originated in a controlled breeding program in Arroyo Grande, Calif. during October 2014. The objective of the breeding program was the development Lobularia cultivars that have an extended flowering season and a moderately vigorous, mounded-spreading growth habit.

The new Lobularia cultivar is the result of open-pollination. The female (seed) parent of the new cultivar is the proprietary Lobularia maritima breeding selection coded BW036-001, not patented, characterized by its light lavender-colored flowers, medium green-colored foliage, and moderately vigorous, compact, mounded-spreading growth habit. The male (pollen) parent of the new cultivar is unknown. The new cultivar was discovered and selected as a single flowering plant within the progeny of the above stated open-pollination during July 2015 in a controlled environment in Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Asexual reproduction of the new cultivar by terminal stem cuttings since July 2015 in Arroyo Grande, Calif. and West Chicago, Ill. has demonstrated that the new cultivar reproduces true to type with all of the characteristics, as herein described, firmly fixed and retained through successive generations of such asexual propagation.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The following characteristics of the new cultivar have been repeatedly observed and can be used to distinguish ‘Balbeezink’ as a new and distinct cultivar of Lobularia plant:

    • 1. Very light purple-colored flowers;
    • 2. Medium green-colored foliage;
    • 3. Moderately vigorous, mounded-spreading growth habit.

Plants of the new cultivar differ from plants of the female parent primarily in having a different flower color, and more prolific flowering.

Of the many commercially available Lobularia cultivars, the most similar in comparison to the new cultivar is BLUSHING PRINCESS ‘Inlbublupr’, U.S. Plant Pat. No. 24,516. However, in side by side comparisons, plants of the new cultivar differ from plants of ‘Inlbublupr’ in at least the following characteristics:

    • 1. Plants of the new cultivar have slightly larger flower diameter than plants of ‘Inlbublupr’;
    • 2. Plants of the new cultivar are shorter and narrower than plants of ‘Inlbublupr’; and
    • 3. Plants of the new cultivar have a flower color that is slightly different from plants of ‘Inlbublupr’.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS

The accompanying photographs show, as nearly true as it is reasonably possible to make the same in color illustrations of this type, typical flower and foliage characteristics of the new cultivar. Colors in the photographs differ slightly from the color values cited in the detailed description, which accurately describes the colors of ‘Balbeezink’. The plants were grown in 4-inch containers for approximately 7 weeks in a glass-covered greenhouse in West Chicago, Ill. Plants were given one pinch one week after transplant.

FIG. 1 illustrates a side view of the overall growth and flowering habit of ‘Balbeezink’.

FIG. 2 illustrates a close-up view of the inflorescences of ‘Balbeezink’.

DETAILED BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

The new cultivar has not been observed under all possible environmental conditions to date. Accordingly, it is possible that the phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in the environment, such as temperature, light intensity, and day length, without, however, any variance in genotype.

The chart used in the identification of colors described herein is The R.H.S. Colour Chart of The Royal Horticultural Society, London, England, 2015 edition, except where general color terms of ordinary significance are used. The color values were determined in November 2017 under natural light conditions in West Chicago, Ill.

The following descriptions and measurements describe plants produced from cuttings from stock plants and grown in a glass-covered greenhouse under conditions comparable to those used in commercial practice. The plants were grown in West Chicago, Ill. in 4-inch pots for 7 weeks utilizing a soilless growth medium. Plants were given one pinch one week after transplant. Greenhouse temperatures were maintained at approximately 68° F. to 72° F. (20° C. to 22° C.) during the day and approximately 64° F. to 66° F. (18° C. to 19° C.) during the night. Supplemental lighting was used. Measurements and numerical values represent averages of typical plants.

  • Botanical classification: Lobularia maritima ‘Balbeezink’.
  • Parentage:

      • Female parent.—Proprietary Lobularia maritima breeding selection coded BW036-001, not patented.
      • Male parent.—Unknown.
  • Propagation:

      • Type cutting.—Terminal stem.
      • Time to initiate roots.—Approximately 6 to 9 days.
      • Time to produce a rooted cutting.—Approximately 21 to 28 days.
      • Root description.—Fine, fibrous.
      • Rooting habit.—Freely branching.
  • Plant description:

      • Commercial crop time.—Approximately 4 to 5 weeks from a rooted cutting to finish in a 10 cm pot.
      • Growth habit and general appearance.—Annual, moderately vigorous, mounded- spreading.
      • Size.—Height from soil level to top of plant plane: Approximately 8.0 cm. Width: Approximately 21.0 cm.
      • Branching habit.—Freely branching, pinching improves basal branching. Quantity of main branches per plant: Approximately 6.
      • Branch.—Shape: Rounded and slightly ribbed. Strength: Strong, flexible. Length to base of inflorescence: Approximately 7.0 cm. Diameter: Approximately 2.5 mm. Length of central internode: Approximately 1.0 mm. Texture: Densely pubescent with appressed hairs. Color of young stems: 146C. Color of mature stems: 146B.
  • Foliage description:

      • General description.—Quantity of leaves per main branch: Approximately 6. Fragrance: None detected. Form: Simple. Arrangement: Alternate.
      • Leaves.—Aspect: Petiole at acute angle to stem, tips downward turning with age. Shape: Lanceolate. Margin: Entire. Apex: Acute. Base: Attenuate. Venation pattern: Pinnate. Length of mature leaf: Approximately 3.0 cm to 3.5 cm. Width of mature leaf: Approximately 7.0 mm to 8.0 mm. Texture of upper and lower surfaces: Moderately pubescent with appressed hairs. Color of upper surface of young and mature foliage: 137B with midvein of 146C, other venation indistinguishable. Color of lower surface of young and mature foliage: Closest to 138A with midvein of 146D, other venation indistinguishable.
      • Petiole.—Length: Approximately 8.0 mm. Width: Approximately 2.0 mm. Texture: Moderately pubescent with appressed hairs. Color: 146D.
  • Flowering description:

      • Flowering habit.—‘Balbeezink’ is freely flowering under outdoor growing conditions with substantially continuous blooming throughout the spring.
      • Lastingness of individual flower on the plant.—Approximately 4 to 5 days.
  • Inflorescence description:

      • General description.—Type: Terminal corymb. Quantity per plant: Approximately 30. Fragrance: Sweetly fragrant. Length or height: Approximately 3.0 cm. Width: Approximately 2.3 cm. Quantity of fully open flowers per inflorescence: Approximately 30.
      • Peduncle.—Strength: Strong, flexible. Length: Approximately 1.0 cm. Diameter: Approximately 2.0 mm. Texture: Glabrous. Color: 146B.
  • Flower description:

      • Type.—Small, cruciferous flowers, freely flowering, not persistent.
      • Bud.—Rate of opening: Generally takes 2 to 3 days for bud to progress from first color to fully open flower.
      • Bud just before opening.—Shape: Globose. Diameter: Approximately 2.0 mm. Color: Sepals of 146B; petals of 158B.
      • Corolla.—Shape: Cruciform lobes with claws surrounded by calyx. Aspect: Facing upward and outward. Width: Approximately 6.0 cm. Depth: Approximately 2.0 mm.
      • Petals.—Quantity: 4. Shape: Ovate. Margin: Entire. Apex: Obtuse. Base: Attenuate. Length of lobe: Approximately 3.0 cm. Width of lobe: Approximately 3.0 mm. Length of claw: Approximately. 1.0 mm. Width of claw: Less than 1.0 mm. Color of upper surface of lobe when first open: NN155D heavily tinted with 84B. Color of lower surface of lobe when first open: NN155D tinted with 84B. Color of upper surface of lobe when fully open: NN155D heavily tinted with 84C to 84D. Color of lower surface of lobe when fully open: NN155D tinted with 84D. Color of upper and lower surfaces of claw: 146D.
      • Calyx.—Shape: Cupped. Diameter: Approximately 3.0 mm.
      • Sepals.—Quantity per flower: 4, distinct. Shape: Elliptic. Margin: Entire. Apex: Acute. Base: Truncate. Length: Approximately 2.0 mm. Width: Approximately 1.0 mm. Texture of inner surface: Glabrous. Texture of outer surface: Moderately pubescent with appressed hairs. Color of inner and outer surfaces: Centers of 146B; margins of NN155D.
      • Pedicel.—Strength: Strong, flexible. Aspect: Acute angle to perpendicular to peduncle. Length: Approximately 9.0 mm. Diameter: Less than 1.0 mm. Texture: Densely pubescent with appressed hairs. Color: 146B.
      • Reproductive organs.—Androecium: Stamen quantity: 6 per flower. Stamen length: Approximately 1.5 mm, 1 pair slightly shorter and inserted lower. Filament color: 145C. Anther shape: Bithecous, dorsifixed. Anther color: 16C. Pollen amount: Sparse. Pollen color: 16D. Gynoecium: Pistil quantity: 1 per flower, ovary superior. Pistil length: Approximately 1.5 mm. Stigma shape: Capitate. Stigma color: 145B. Style color: 145C. Style length: Less than 1.0 mm. Ovary diameter: Approximately 1.0 mm. Ovary texture: Densely pubescent with appressed hairs. Ovary color: 145B.
  • Seed and fruit production: Neither seed nor fruit production has been observed.
  • Disease and pest resistance: Resistance to pathogens and pests common to Lobularia has not been observed.

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