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Phrag. Grouville



Updated: October 6, 2015

Most Phrags in the nursery were recently repotted and will not be released until the fall. We will update this list soon.


Never tried Phrags?... imagine an orchid that it will be close to impossible to overwater. We grow these plants in moderately bright light, and with the exception of the caudatums and xerophyticums, we water them frequently. Remember...most Phrags are sequential bloomers, in bloom for months... unless, of course, you are fortunate to have multifloras (caudatum, wallisii and their hybrids), with 3-5 flowers open simaltaneously with 1-3 foot-long petals.

Woodstream Orchids has become one of the leading Phragmipedium hybridizers and producers of seed-grown Phrag species in the United States. The future is bright for Phrags with our continuing success at producing commercial quantities of highly desireable species and hybrids. You will find unique hybrids listed below, many of which are unavailable elsewhere, at this time. The discovery of Phrag kovachii in Peru has opened the door to a new generation of Phragmipedium hybrids.

As the popularity of Phragmipediums grew with the discovery of Phrag besseae, more and more hybrids were attempted by Phrag breeders. It was soon discovered that there were some poorly-defined genetic imcompatibilities that prevented good seed production in many crosses. Dr. Donald Wimber, working at the Eric Young Orchid Foundation on the Isle of Jersey, in the United Kingdom, and others devised laboratory methods to induce Phragmipedim seed to double their DNA chromosome count from normal (diploid, (2N)) to tetraploid (4N). When plants were crossed with one another, or with a normal diploid (2N) plants, these breeding incompatabilities were greatly reduced, and seed production increased.

Both tetraploid (4N) plants and triploid (3N) plants often exhibit improvements in flower size, color, substance, and sometimes, growth rate, when compared to similar 2N plants. On the other hand, 3N and 4N plants often grow larger than 2N plants and may produce fewer flowers. This said, some of the most spectacular Phragmipedium show plants seen today come from 3N and 4N breeding.

However.... miniature orchids have taken hold in the orchid world. Small-growing Cattleyas, Phals, and now Paphs are very popular. Woodstream Orchids has been working on breeding miniature and small-growing Phrags for the past 10+ years. Demand has been high, so our miniature and compact offering sell out quickly. Purchasing flasks may be the most assured way to get ahold of these delightful Phrags. LOOK FOR OUR ARTICLE ON MINIATURE PHRAGS IN A 2010 ISSUE of the ORCHID DIGEST! Please click on the Miniature Phragmipedium link below!

Recently, our lab manager, Tony Omeis, retired from his career as a horticulturalist at Penn State and decided to downsize his personal Phrag collection to focus on continued miniature Phrag breeding. We were able to purchase a large block of Tony's "pet" Phrags and were thrilled to discover many hybrids we have made over the past 15 years that were no longer in our collection. Check out the Phrag offerings here and you will find many one-of-a-kind divisions from this unique collection, pieces of which are now back in service in our breeding program to combine with our new lines of breeding, including miniatures, yellows, and whites, and many new kovachii hybrids in the pipeline. Catalog Code: ls = leaf span.

Phragmipedium Species

Phragmipedium besseae - Influenced Hybrids

Phragmipedium Long Petal Multiflora Hybrids

Phragmipedium Pink and Other Novelty Hybrids

NEW!! Miniature and Compact-Growing Phragmipediums