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Phrag. Big Mama Tuffy (P. Cathleen O'Rourke '72' x kovachii 'Purpliscious')

Phrag. Big Mama Tuffy <span class="cross"> (P. Cathleen O'Rourke ྄' x kovachii 'Purpliscious')</span>
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Pink, Purple, Yellow, Red
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CITES export Appendix I Hybrids (Paphs and Phrags)

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Pot Size

2" 10-12 cm leafspan seedling - NOT In-Spike ($100.00)

These will be interesting. Cathleen O'Rourke was a beloved employee of ours and we named that particular cross after her. We have combined Phrag. fischeri and Phrag. besseae in several hybrids here; parents of Cathleen O'Rourke are Phrag. Barbara LeAnn and Phrag. Ryoko Urabe which are combinations of besseae and fischeri. Combining these with kovachii should yield some fine, well rounded flowers in coral colors with some in hot purples and pinks.


The top photo is Phrag. Cathleen O'Rourke, the second photo is Phrag. kovachii 'Purpliscious'.

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