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Spring Show 2014
Cold Hardy Cattleyas
They can take the cold (27 - 100F)
Most of our cattleyas are tolerant to colder weather. These are some of the hardiest!

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Cattleya Claesiana var. coerulea
Cattleya Claesiana var. coerulea
There is nice hybrid vigor in this primary hybrid between the "blue" forms of two Brazilian Cattleya species, intermedia and loddigesii. The seedlings from this grex have been very hardy and free-blooming. Flower color is a pale "blue"-toned white. Temperature Tolerant. August - September blooming.
Orchid of the Day: August 7, 2013
starting at
$25.00
Cattleya intermedia
Cattleya intermedia
For hardiness and willingness to bloom it is difficult to beat this species from Brazil and Argentina. The flowers are three to four inches across, and are pink-lavender in color with magenta on the lip. Its compact growth habit makes it well suited for growing as a mount, or in a pot. Known to take temperatures from the mid 20s up to 100 degrees. Temperature Tolerant. April - May blooming. Species from Brazil and Argentina.
Orchid of the Day: March 13, 2012
starting at
$25.00
Cattleya intermedia var. alba
Cattleya intermedia var. alba
An elegant pure-white variety of one of our favorite species, Cattleya intermedia. This alba form is very resilient, temperature tolerant from the mid-20's up to 100F! Temperature Tolerant. Species from South America.
Orchid of the Day: April 21, 2013
starting at
$35.00
Cattleya loddigesii
Cattleya loddigesii
One of the most beautiful of the temperature tolerant bifoliate Cattleyas. An epiphyte and lithophyte in its native habit it can be grown potted or mounted. Temperature Tolerant. Summer and Fall blooming. Species from Brazil and Argentina.
Orchid of the Day: July 13, 2005
starting at
$25.00
Cattleya loddigesii 'SanBar Primavera'
Cattleya loddigesii 'SanBar Primavera'
An incredibly prolific, spring-blooming variety of this Brazilian species. Our mother plant bloomed 100 flower spikes at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show! The flowers are about four inches across, and the color is a light, yet vibrant, pink-tinted lavender. . Temperature Tolerant. February - March blooming. Species from Brazil.
Orchid of the Day: February 2, 2014
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps
Laelia anceps
From the high elevations of Central Mexico, this classic-lavender, fall-blooming, hardy outdoor grower has become one of our favorites at SBOE. Naturalizes beautifully into a garden specimen mounted on a tree, or may be hung in a basket or potted as well. (Unless they are being divided, these really don't need repotting. We simply set a small pot with the original bark in successively larger pots, only with air around the roots.) Has been known to take temperatures as low as 22F. Temperature Tolerant. Winter blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 27, 2008
starting at
$25.00
Laelia anceps var. alba
Laelia anceps var. alba
Gorgeous white variety of one of our favorite orchids, mounted on cork oak! With a little yellow-green in the throat. Very hardy for outdoors or in the greenhouse. Temperature Tolerant. Fall and Winter blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 7, 2003
starting at
$45.00
Laelia anceps 'Helen', HCC/AOS
Laelia anceps 'Helen', HCC/AOS
One of the most beautiful and famous of the dawsonii anceps. Good size and texture. The color is an interesting white that develops an alluring rosy hue with adequate light. An infrequently available and famous named anceps. Temperature Tolerant. December blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: November 18, 2012
starting at
$125.00
Laelia anceps 'Mr Chrismans First Orchid'
Laelia anceps 'Mr Chrismans First Orchid'
Mr. Chrisman, the founder of the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, purchased his first orchid in 1947 at the Beverly Hills Thrify Drug store. Ten years later he would open the nursery here in Santa Barbara. The plants offered here are divisions of that first plant. Not only is this a beautiful lavender form, compact Laelia anceps, but also, as its origin affirms, a very hardy variety. The flowers are about four inches across and the overall plant height when in bloom is about 24 inches. Temperature Tolerant. October blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 1, 2013
starting at
$25.00
Laelia anceps 'Rustic Canyon', HCC/AOS
Laelia anceps 'Rustic Canyon', HCC/AOS
A very full, flat, and colorful Laelia anceps! The pale pink color at center gradually increases in intensity out to the petals' tips. A robust grower. . Temperature Tolerant. October-November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: July 11, 2014
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Serenade'
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Serenade'
A free-flowering clone from the crossing of the cultivars ‘Wallbrunn’ AM/AOS, and ‘SanBar Marble King’ AM/AOS. The color is a good pale lavender-pink. On a mature plant this large flower can reach an 11 centimeter natural spread! Temperature Tolerant. January - February blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: November 21, 2012
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pinkie', HCC/AOS
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pinkie', HCC/AOS
One of the finest of the Pink Perfection line. This cross combines the outstanding Laelia anceps cultivars ‘Wallbrunn’ AM/AOS with ‘SanBar Marble King’ AM/AOS, and is setting new standards for size and shape in the Laelia anceps group. . Temperature Tolerant. January - February blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: December 18, 2013
starting at
$200.00
Laelia anceps 'Winter Peer'
Laelia anceps 'Winter Peer'
A robust growing, and later blooming variety of this hardy Mexican species. The flower color is clear lilac-pink and the bold tri-color lip is dark magenta, cream, and yellow. The flowers extend well beyond the foliage. This variety has proven its hardiness, having successfully soldiered through a brief encounter with 26 degrees one night! Temperature Tolerant. February blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: February 3, 2013
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps fma. alba 'Paloma Blanca'
Laelia anceps fma. alba 'Paloma Blanca'
A select form of this Mexican species. Sepals and petals are pure white, the labelum is also white with deep yellow-green in throat. Exceptionally free flowering. Temperature Tolerant. October blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: August 18, 2013
starting at
$35.00
Laelia gouldiana
Laelia gouldiana
The brightest of all the Mexican laelias! Outstanding, vibrant lavender color on this long stemmed, hardy species. Temperature Tolerant. November - December blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: August 17, 2010
starting at
$35.00
Laelia gouldiana 'Greta Garbo'
Laelia gouldiana 'Greta Garbo'
From the Raymond Burr collection! Reputed to be one of the best gouldianas, the brightest of all the Mexican laelias. Outstanding, vibrant lavender color on this long stemmed, hardy species. Temperature Tolerant. Fall blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 12, 2007
starting at
$75.00
Laelia purpurata 'Bleeding Heart'
Laelia purpurata 'Bleeding Heart'
One of the highlights of Summer around Santa Barbara Orchid Estate is the great variety of laelia pupuratas. Offered here is semi-alba variety, with white sepals and petals, and a throat which is deep magenta fanning out to white. Temperature Tolerant. Summer blooming. Species from Brazil.
Orchid of the Day: July 16, 2005
starting at
$35.00
Laelia purpurata var. russeliana 'Pinkie'
Laelia purpurata var. russeliana 'Pinkie'
A nice color form of this magnificent Brazilian species. Flowers are white with subtle pink petal splash, and the lip is soft pink with a darker accent and yellow throat. Temperature Tolerant. July blooming. Species from Brazil.
Orchid of the Day: June 13, 2013
starting at
$35.00
Laelia purpurata 'Santa Ynez'
Laelia purpurata 'Santa Ynez'
A large and shapely example of the Brazilian 'Queen of Summer', as this species, the national flower of Brazil, is affectionately known. The petals and sepals are blush-white with fine streaks of soft purple accenting the midline. The boldly colored lip is a deep and vibrant wine-purple, solid until the margins where the color splits into veins over the bright white edge. As with all Brazilian Laelias, these large flowered plants are now classified as Cattleyas. Temperature Tolerant. Summer blooming. Species from Brazil.
Orchid of the Day: July 1, 2014
starting at
$75.00
Laelia superbiens 'SanBar Montebello', AM/AOS
Laelia superbiens 'SanBar Montebello', AM/AOS
One of the best laelia superbiens for size and shape. A cluster of up to 20 flowers per spike. Temperature Tolerant. Species from Central America.
Orchid of the Day: January 22, 2003
starting at
$150.00
Laeliocattleya Canhamiana 'Azure Skies', AM/AOS
Laeliocattleya Canhamiana 'Azure Skies', AM/AOS
One of the great Stewart crosses: Cattleya mossiae var. coerulea x Laelia purpurata var. werkhauseri. Large lavender-blue flowers with a much darker royal-purple lip. Delicate spicey sweet fragrance! Temperature Tolerant. June blooming. Species from Brazil.
starting at
$50.00
Laeliocattleya Elegans var. Sanguinea
Laeliocattleya Elegans var. Sanguinea
In nature this most famous of natural hybrids produces a wide variety of sensational forms, from white to pink to purple of various combinations. Here we step in to help mother nature, by combining the darkest L. purpurata with the darkest C. leopoldii, making the complete dark Elegans form! We grow these outdoors along with cymbidiums where they get plenty of bright filtered light. Gorgeous color and multiple flowers per spike, blooms summer/fall. Temperature Tolerant. Summer and Fall blooming.
Orchid of the Day: August 27, 2008
starting at
$35.00
Laeliocattleya Gaiety Flambeau 'Mendenhall'
Laeliocattleya Gaiety Flambeau 'Mendenhall'
A vibrant splash petaled variety. With the southern brazilian species Cattleya intermedia making up half its composition, this variety is temperature hardy down to frost. Temperature Tolerant. June - July blooming.
Orchid of the Day: June 16, 2008
starting at
$25.00
Laeliocattleya Interceps var. coerulea 'Blue Eye'
Laeliocattleya Interceps var. coerulea 'Blue Eye'
This lovely plant combines the blue forms of two of our hardiest and most beautiful species; Laelia anceps v. veitchiana and Cattleya intermedia v. coerulea. Temperature tolerant down to 28 degrees! Temperature Tolerant. July blooming.
Orchid of the Day: May 24, 2010
starting at
$35.00
Laeliocattleya Rojo
Laeliocattleya Rojo
It took two hot species, Cattleya aurantiaca and Laelia milleri, to produce such intense colors as those found on this primary hybrid. These have been growing in an unheated shade house for years, surviving the winter of 2007 when temperatures dropped to 28 degrees. Temperature Tolerant. April - May blooming.
Orchid of the Day: March 18, 2010
starting at
$35.00
Laeliocattleya Schilleriana
Laeliocattleya Schilleriana
First bloom seedlings from a crossing of two Brazil's most beautiful and hardy: Cattleya intermedia and Laelia purpurata. In those that have bloomed this far we have seen a nice range in color and shape (with some fragrance, as well). Temperature Tolerant. Summer blooming.
Orchid of the Day: May 22, 2007
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$17.50

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