- Feb 1, 2019
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Original division from Waldor. This cross was registered by Armacost in 1985 and is C. Athena Chagaris x C. Norton Benis. Athena Chagaris has C. Helen P Dane and C. Barbara Billingsley as parents, and Norton Benis has C. Bow Bells and C. Joyce Hannington in its background, so this is really a pedigree plant. Sierra Blanca is one of my most vigorous growers, the plant is now a huge sprawling thing, and it throws multiple sheaths a year. This is, however, the first time it has bloomed for me so I'm a little disappointed. For something so vigorous and that throws so many sheaths, I would have hoped for more flowers by now, and more than one flower per sheath....This one does have a second bud that still appears to be expanding, so I may yet get two flowers this cycle. This flower has nice overlapping petals, lovely golden throat, and the most incredible rose fragrance, but it's quite small - a lot of plant for one tiny flower. The flower also didn't extend out of the sheath, and I had to peel the sheath back so the flower could fully open. The award photo in Orchid Pro is quite incredible, so I'm on the fence, I will probably give it one more growth/bloom cycle and if doesn't improve, it may need to find a new home...