- Feb 1, 2019
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Blooming in time for the New Year, Happy 2024 Slippertalkers! The cross is C. Empress Bells x C. General Patton and was registered in 1961. This plant got an 84 point AM in 1967 that was upgraded to an FCC in 1980. Original virus-free division from Silva Orchids. I love this plant, vigorous with a compact growth habit it puts out two leads per year which bloom sequentially (this is the first growth, the second is still in bud). The flowers are not super flat this year, but they are always frilly to the max, have upright dorsals, have a saturated egg-yolk lip, and are wonderfully fragrant. You can tell it was bred for the cut flower trade because it presents beautifully on a tall stem with minimal staking required. Not the largest flower by modern standards, but it's truly spectacular on a great flowering (which this isn't by far), and is totally deserving of its FCC. Last years blooming is HERE.