Cattleya x canhamiana coerulea

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The famous cross between purpurata and mossiae produces this lovely primary hybrid which, according to the Chadwick’s was the mainstay of the spring wedding orchids in the 1940’s. There they used the semi alba clones, but this lavender colour is the main form seen on offer today, as good vigorous coeruleas are not that common.
You can see why it was popular as a cut flower. It’s a strong vigorous grower and capable of producing six or so large blooms on each growth when mature, following the purpurata parent.
This plant has two leads and twelve flowers. In addition, they all open together making harvesting the blooms easy. It’s also quite strongly scented.
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