Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sobeys orchid

My husband and I were grocery shopping at Sobeys the other night and were both surprised when we came across a showy group of Paphiopedilum orchids in the floral area. I think it's normal nowadays to find Phalaenopsis orchids in grocery stores, and sometimes Dendrobium and Cymbidium hybrids. These were the first Paph hybrids I've seen in a grocery store.

The blooms on the plants looked great, and my only Paphs are still seedlings, so of course I couldn't leave the store without one. The price was good too, 27.99. My plant has one flower in bloom and a second spike. I also think the plant might be a primary hybrid - the tag says Paph. leeanum, which from my brief Internet research appears to be a hybrid of (insigne x spicerianum).

Paphiopedilum leeanum
Originally uploaded by meadow moon