Phrag. Peruflora's Cirila Alca (Phrag. kovachii x Phrag. dalessandroi), nf1970
  • Phrag. Peruflora's Cirila Alca  (Phrag. kovachii x Phrag. dalessandroi)
  • Phrag. Peruflora's Cirila Alca  (Phrag. kovachii x Phrag. dalessandroi)

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Phragmipedium (abbreviated Phrag.) Peruflora's Cirila Alca is a primary hybrid with Phrag. kovachii and Phrag. dalessandroi.  Phrag. kovachii has created quite a frenzy among orchid enthusiasts since it was discovered in 2001 in northern Peru. Its flower is an impressive showy pink to purple up to 8 inches wide and is the largest in the genus. It is currently considered a critically endangered species due to overcollection in the wild. Phrag. kovachii has a reputation of being rather difficult and slow to grow. However, its hybrids are much easier to grower and have hybrid vigor. Phrag. dalessandroi is found in Ecuador at elevations of 3,000 to 5,000 feet. It is very similar to Phrag. besseae except it has less shapely flowers with narrower petals. It is a sequential bloomer with 8 to 10 bright orange flowers opening in succession on erect inflorescences ranging from 2-3 feet. The best traits of both parents are present in this amazing cross. Phrag. kovachii contributes to the bright bold color, increased flower size, and improved shape. Phrag. dallesandroi contributes to the robust growth, ease of culture, and increased flower count. The phrag. dallesandroi parent gives this cross a long flowering period; it is a sequential bloomer that blooms and blooms, and it is common for mature plants to bloom for three months or more. Phrag. Peruflora's Cirila Alca is an excellent choice for beginners or someone new to phrags. Easily grown on a windowsill or under lights, sitting in a saucer of an inch or two of water. Flower color ranges from shades of pink to orange and can vary with temperature; color will be darker if grown cooler. Note: it is normal for phrags to expel its flower when it is done blooming while the flower is still in good shape. We’re expecting to see many awards from this new hybrid. Very Highly Recommended! As these plants are seedlings, each plant is unique and may differ from the photo.


PLEASE NOTE: Since this is a Seedling Population (not a Mericlone which produces exact duplicates), the picture is for illustration purposes only. No two plants will be the same from this cross, and they will flower in a range of possibilities coming from the two parents.
Color Orange
BloomSeason Spring,Summer,Winter
PropagationMethod Seedling
Fragrance Yes
PlantLocation Greenhouse,House,Outdoor-frost free
LightRequirement Strong 2000+ F.C.,Medium 1000+ F.C.
Species False
CompactGrower True
Temperature Warm,Intermediate
Class Paphiopedilum
Genus Phrag.
HybridName Peruflora's Cirila Alca
PodParent Phrag. kovachii
PollenParent Phrag. dalessondroi

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