- Feb 1, 2019
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I expect this plant is going to generate a healthy bit of discussion, but what is Slippertalk without some drama from time-to-time? This a seedling originally from Steven Christoffersen, from the cross C. mossiae 'RE Patterson' x C. mossiae 'Panther Creek' AM/AOS. This is the third blooming, and the flowers have significantly fuller form this time. The flowers on the second blooming were absolutely enormous, with the classic floppy petals. This time there are 3 blooms, but they are all smaller and carry the petals more upright. Fragrance is just kicking in and it has been extremely dark and cloudy here, so I will report back on how that develops. There has been a fair amount of controversy regarding the two parents of this plant, with some claiming both are actually C. gravesiana - the natural hybrid of mossiae with lueddemanniana. The main reason for this is the upright petal carriage of RE Patterson and the darker color of Panther Creek relative to many mossiae. However, both are reportedly from generations of line-breeding, so if there is lueddemanniana in their background, it's likely further back than just one generation. I can say this plant is almost certainly a tetraploid, the bulbs are stout and chunky, and the flowers are full with tremendous texture. It also certainly grows like a mossiae, resting for ~8 months before sending up buds in the sheath, and mossiae season is in full swing here on the East Coast of the U.S. In my mind it got the best of each parent, the upright petals from RE Patterson, and the darker color and slight flares from Panther Creek. It actually reminds me of C. mossiae 'Anthony Alfieri' AM/AOS, which has also been somewhat controversial, I believe. Interested to hear what others think.