I've had it several years and I'm sure the vendor wouldn't want to replace it after this length of time. I'd choose fairrieanum over this any time but am pleased that the flower is so pretty. I'll make a note with your suggestion on the variety. Thanks!
Sadly the flower only lasted a couple of weeks. Wonder if the flower will last longer in subsequent flowerings?
Here is another villosum flowering now
This is a very vigorous plant in 6 years I've been able to make 4 plants . The smallest division has about 8 growths the largest has about 20 growths.
I like villosums and fairrieanum. My villosum flower was about 1.5 months old when it was awarded and it lasted quite a while after that. Unfortunately I never recorded the total length of time it lasted. This time I will try and remeber to do that. I think anyone who buys seedlings has had the wrong plant experience. There is probably a multiude of reasons why it happens, but it is maddening after 2 or 3 years of growing something you find out it's the wrong something. I feel like the culprit when I let the vendor know, but I've had satisfactory results non the less.
If it's of any consolation, Bulolo, I find your misdiagnosed "fairreanum" a damn good flower in it's own right...and would personally choose it over your vigorous growing clone, that you published second!