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Specimens
Laelia Anceps parade
Specimens
Laelia anceps
A beautiful and hardy, easy to grow Mexican species.
Laelia anceps, a native of Mexico but also occurring more rarely in Guatemala and the Honduras, is one of the most common, yet one of the most satisfying orchids. Its ease of care makes it an ideal plant for the beginner as well as the connoisseur.

Laelia anceps' lovely flowers occur in many forms of lavender, white and blue. One of the hardiest for cold tolerance of any of the Cattleya alliance, Laelia anceps are reported as tolerating lows of 22F (-5C) without any damage. High temperatures, up to 90 or 100, rarely trouble it. The blooming season for anceps is customarily November through January.

Laelia anceps is noted for being one of the best plants, in subtropical climates, to naturalize on trees around the garden, where regular garden watering is usually adequate. Click here for cultural information on Laelia anceps, or on Mounting Orchids in general.

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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. November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: October 27, 2020
starting at
$25.00
Laelia anceps var. Ashworthiana
Laelia anceps var. Ashworthiana
A distinctive variety of this Mexican species. White sepals and petals with a delicate pink lip. Temperature Tolerant. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: November 4, 2005
starting at
$45.00
Laelia anceps var. pink perfection strain
Laelia anceps var. pink perfection strain
First bloom seedlings from a remake of the cross of Laelia anceps cross of 'Marble King' AM/AOS and 'Wallbrunn' AM/AOS. An esteemed pure-white crossed with a marvelous lavender, each with exceptionally round petals. Those to bloom thus far from this cross have all been an unusual lavender-pink with above average size. To date over 9 clones from this cross have received Amercican Orchid Society quality awards. This resulting cross received the prestigious Award of Quality (AQ/AOS) from the AOS in February of 2006. . Temperature Tolerant. November - January blooming. Species from Central America.
Orchid of the Day: September 30, 2013
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps var. veitchiana
Laelia anceps var. veitchiana
A semi-albescent color-form distinctive for its amethyst-purple lip. Very hardy, good for growing outdoors, and tolerates a temperature range from 25F to 100F!
Temperature Tolerant. December blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: December 19, 2018
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps 'Bright Eyes'
Laelia anceps 'Bright Eyes'
A very intensely colorful variety from the crossing of 'Royal Blush' and the gorgeous var. guerrero. The distinctive, high contrast lip and brilliance of the medium purple-pink petal color has been passed down from the guerrero parent. This plant maintains a robustly free-flowering character, a quality which is diminished in some other offspring of the guerrero color-from.
Temperature Tolerant. November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: August 17, 2020
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps var. veitchiana 'Cielo Azul'
Laelia anceps var. veitchiana 'Cielo Azul'
One of our finest varieties of the blue form of this hardy Mexican species. Temperature Tolerant. December blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 22, 2011
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps 'Kites for Autumn'
Laelia anceps 'Kites for Autumn'
A very lovely and full-shaped, vibrant lavender-pink blossom with a large lip of bold magenta-purple. An excellent combination of qualities it owes to its parents: the bold lip is a key feature of Laelia anceps 'Mendenhall', and the rich petal coloration is a signature trait of Laelia anceps 'Barkeriana'. Blooms on tall, slender and gracefully arching inflorescences.
Temperature Tolerant. October-November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: October 21, 2020
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps 'La-Reina', HCC/AOS
Laelia anceps 'La-Reina', HCC/AOS
One of the best of the "Mendenhall" type Laelia anceps. The flowers are very fine and full-shaped, vibrant lavender-pink with a broad, deep magenta lip. Blooms on long, slender, gracefully arching inflorescences.
Temperature Tolerant. September-October blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: June 26, 2020
starting at
$75.00
Laelia anceps 'October Surprise'
Laelia anceps 'October Surprise'
This is reliably one of the earliest blooming Laelia anceps varieties, and it delivers both perky shapeliness and colorful elegance to the Autumn garden. From the high elevations of Central Mexico, this classic, lavender-pink species is a light-loving and hardy outdoor grower, and one of our favorites at SBOE. This remarkable species has been known to take temperatures as low as 22F!
Temperature Tolerant. October blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: July 22, 2020
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps 'Petite Princess'
Laelia anceps 'Petite Princess'
A compact-growing form of this favorite, fall-blooming and hardy outdoor species from Central Mexico. Star-shape flowers of pale lavender-pink, each with a magenta and yellow lip, bloom in small clusters held up on strong, slender stems. This species has been known to take temperatures as low as 22 degrees F when sheltered overhead from direct frost!
Temperature Tolerant. October blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 12, 2020
starting at
$25.00
Laelia anceps 'Princess Katherine'
Laelia anceps 'Princess Katherine'
This select variety of this excellent species has particularly vibrant color and a more boldly pronounced lip.
A species from the high elevations of Central Mexico, this is a classic, fall-blooming and resilient outdoor grower. This light-loving species is one of our favorites at SBOE! Has been known to take temperatures as low as 22F.
Temperature Tolerant. October-November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 20, 2020
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Bounty'
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Bounty'
A tremendous grower and bloomer! This an exceptionally robust variety of this beloved Mexican species that is one of our all-time favorite here at the nursery. Bright growing conditions are essential for this colorful species, even benefiting from direct morning sun!
Temperature Tolerant. October-November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: August 4, 2020
starting at
$25.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Crystal'
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Crystal'
An exceptionally shapely form of this uncommon color type. These opaque white flowers have a white lip with the yellow callosum (textured area on lip), and the throat is so densely accented with crimson lines it is nearly a solid, velvety red!
Temperature Tolerant. January - February blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: October 24, 2020
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Marble King', AM/AOS
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Marble King', AM/AOS
The most famous, and successful, breeding quality Laelia anceps. The petals are opaque white and have a shapely fullness; the lip is white with a green and gold throat patterned in maroon stripes. Very strong floral substance (sturdy flower parts). Former winner of Best in Show at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show! This top quality L. anceps undoubtedly deserves the moniker of "King"!
Temperature Tolerant. December - January blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 2, 2020
starting at
$250.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Oaxaquena', AM/AOS
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Oaxaquena', AM/AOS
One of the greatest Laelia anceps! Highly awarded by the American Orchid Society, the flower is a tinted white, with deep red colored lines in the throat. The source plant for the esteemed major form, Laelia anceps 'SanBar Marble King' AM/AOS. Like all varieties of this favorite Mexican orchid species, this plant is extremely hardy. Temperature Tolerant. December - January blooming. Species from Oaxaca, Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: October 14, 2019
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Parade Day'
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Parade Day'
This late blooming lavender 'Wallbrunn' type is among our showiest and productive display plants. Will grow into a terrific specimen. Temperature Tolerant. December - January blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: November 10, 2009
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Inspiration'
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Inspiration'
We all need a little inspiration once in a while, and this cultivar is eager to deliver! True to the awesome pedigree of our Pink Perfection line of breeding, this plant has large, shapely flowers of a lovely, soft pink with a contrasting vibrant center: the lip is white with a richly rosy border, and the throat is marked with gold and lines of red. . Temperature Tolerant. December - January blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: December 18, 2015
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Perk', HCC/AOS
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Perk', HCC/AOS
A beautifully shaped Laelia anceps from the pink perfection strain. Flower petal color is clear soft pink, darker centrally; the lip white with purple on the margins and the throat yellow with red lines. Temperature Tolerant. January blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: November 26, 2018
starting at
$100.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Porcelain'
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Porcelain'
A lovely cultivar from the "Pink Perfection" line of breeding. The flowers are large, shapely, and share the distinctive and unusual soft, shell-pink coloring that gives this line of breeding its name. . Temperature Tolerant. October-November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 22, 2016
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Satin'
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Satin'
Lush, soft pink flowers bloom from this variety of the pink perfection line. From the cross of 'SanBar Marble King' and 'Walbrunn'. Temperature Tolerant. November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 14, 2019
starting at
$35.00
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 Pink Splendor'
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Splendor'
Another stunning member of our exceptional "Pink Perfection" line of breeding. True to form, this plant produces big, full flowers of the distinctive powder-pink hue of its pedigree, accented by a vibrant, deep pink lip. Yet despite all its elegant beauty the plant retains the resilience of its light-loving species, able to tough-it-out through Winters and Summers with the hardiest of orchids. In all, this is a plant worthy of its "Pink Perfection" pedigree! . Temperature Tolerant. December blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: October 23, 2015
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Triumph', AM/AOS
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Triumph', AM/AOS
A very full and shapely clone from the Pink Perfection Strain line of breeding. The color is a soft lavender-pink with a light purple tint. . Temperature Tolerant. January - February blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: January 4, 2015
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Virtue', AM/AOS
Laelia anceps 'SanBar Pink Virtue', AM/AOS
An award winning, shell-pink beauty from our 'Pink Perfection Strain' breeding line! The flower color is clear shell-pink and the cream-colored lip has a strong pink edge and a yellow center with red stripes in the throat. Winner of the 'Best Orchid of Show' and an Award of Merit at the March 12, 2010 S.B. International Orchid Show!
Temperature Tolerant. January - February blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: October 15, 2020
starting at
$75.00
Laelia anceps 'SanBar White Eye'
Laelia anceps 'SanBar White Eye'
Full large lavender flowers distinguished by a large patch of white on the mid-lobe of the lip. A vigorous grower and bloomer from the cross of 'SanBar Marble King' and 'Mendenhall'. Temperature Tolerant. February blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: December 19, 2011
starting at
$75.00
Laelia anceps 'Starlight'
Laelia anceps 'Starlight'
A very nice peppy clone from the crossing of 'Cedar Hill' and var. vestalis 'Figment'. Flowers are dark lavender, the lips are violet-rose with a cream and bright yellow patch on the mid-lobe. Temperature Tolerant. November - December blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 19, 2019
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps 'Winter Peer'
Laelia anceps 'Winter Peer'
A robust growing 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. November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: October 19, 2020
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps fma. alba 'Bulls', FCC/RHS
Laelia anceps fma. alba 'Bulls', FCC/RHS
A famous pure-white Laelia anceps! One of the earliest recorded alba form Laelia anceps, and renowned in breeding for its pure-white progeny. . Temperature Tolerant. November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: November 3, 2019
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps fma. alba 'Paloma Blanca'
Laelia anceps fma. alba 'Paloma Blanca'
A select 'alba' color-form of this favorite Mexican species! Sepals and petals are pure, crystalline white, with a matching white lip marked with a striking chartreuse-green throat. Exceptionally free flowering, and, true to its species, it thrives in bright growing conditions.

The term 'alba color-form' describes a white orchid that lacks all red, purple, or "blue" pigmentation, while some yellow or green markings may occur. It is representative of a genetic trait that occurs very rarely in orchid populations in nature, essentially it is orchid albinism; this rarity and elegance make these orchids especially beloved an highly prized.

Temperature Tolerant. October blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: August 15, 2020
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps fma. alba 'Sterling Dickinson', AM/AOS, SM/AMO
Laelia anceps fma. alba 'Sterling Dickinson', AM/AOS, SM/AMO
Our finest alba-white Laelia anceps. The term "alba" as an orchid color-form not only means the flower is white, but, more specifically, that it has no red pigmentation - many white Laelia anceps are not true "alba" flowers since those have red stripes in the throat, or even pink marks on the lip.

Awarded a Silver Medal by the Asociacion Mexicana de Orquideologia (Mexican Orchid Society). . Temperature Tolerant. November - December blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: July 11, 2020
starting at
$100.00
Laelia anceps fma. hillsii
Laelia anceps fma. hillsii
This subtle color form is exceptionally elegant. The star-shaped flowers are a soft white, delicately accented by an even tint of soft lilac-pink. In Mexico, one of the common names for Laelia anceps is "Vara de San Diego," the Wand of Saint Diego. An excellent, high light, outdoor grower which tolerates a temperature range between 25F-100F. . Temperature Tolerant. October-November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: October 7, 2019
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps fma. lineata
Laelia anceps fma. lineata
A unique color form of this hardy Mexican species. The sepals are solid lavender, but the true petals have a peloric "splash" that results in very attractive feathery markings of dark lavender-magenta. . Temperature Tolerant. November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 5, 2015
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps fma. lineata 'Horsetail Sky'
Laelia anceps fma. lineata 'Horsetail Sky'
This outstanding, select cultivar has a noticeably fuller shape to its patterned petals. The "lineata" color form in this species is very uncommon and characterized by the dark, streaky "feathering" pattern that marks the petals.

True to the species this plant produces clusters of star-shaped of lilac-pink blooms with a fuchsia and golden lip. Flowers are held on long, slender stems that can stand upright, or arch gracefully over the sturdy, light-loving foliage.

Temperature Tolerant. October blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: July 30, 2020
starting at
$65.00
Laelia anceps fma. lineata 'Pegasus'
Laelia anceps fma. lineata 'Pegasus'
This beautiful color type is characterized by the dark, streaky "feathering" pattern throughout the petals. An outstanding and select cultivar, this plant is a selfing of a plant from Hawaii's Oscar Kirsh, who is the source of most of the famous plants that display this exquisite pattern.
Temperature Tolerant. October-November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: August 28, 2020
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps fma. lineata 'Starburst'
Laelia anceps fma. lineata 'Starburst'
The "lineata" form in Laelia anceps is a beautiful and very uncommon color type characterized by the dark, streaky "feathering" pattern throughout the petals. This outstanding, select cultivar also has a particularly vibrant lip.

True to the species this plant produces lovely clusters of star-shaped flowers of vibrant lilac-pink with a fuchsia and golden lip. The blooms are held on long, slender stems that can stand upright, or arch gracefully over the sturdy, light-loving foliage.

Temperature Tolerant. October blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: July 3, 2020
starting at
$65.00
Laelia anceps fma. sanderae
Laelia anceps fma. sanderae
A gorgeous and uncommon variety of this wonderful, hardy, Mexican species. The petals are bright white, occasionally with a blush of pink, the lip broad with a mark of purple-maroon on the tip. Temperature Tolerant. December - January blooming. Species from Mexico and Central America.
Orchid of the Day: November 18, 2019
starting at
$35.00
Laelia anceps fma. veitchiana - Select
Laelia anceps fma. veitchiana - Select
One of our 'select' quality varieties of this rare color-form! The star-shaped flowers are white with amethyst-hued lips and yellow centers. This shapely variety also tends to have a higher flower-count; with each stem typically blooming five blossoms.
Temperature Tolerant. November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: October 12, 2020
starting at
$50.00
Laelia anceps fma. vestalis 'Figment', AM/AOS
Laelia anceps fma. vestalis 'Figment', AM/AOS
One of the most alluring and rare color forms of this species: a distinctive shell-pink suffusion blushes over all of the flower's white background, and is accented by yellow at the throat. These awarded blooms have good size and exceptional shape, with an unusually broad and triangular lip. This interesting color is relies on bright light to develops the signature rosy hue.
Temperature Tolerant. November blooming. Species from Mexico.
Orchid of the Day: September 24, 2020
starting at
$125.00

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