This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Any one who has read the English Floral Magazines for the last year or so, must have noticed the varied comments on this new species or variety of Cattleya. Some have described it in the most glowing terms, and others have rated it very low, calling it a washed out C. Mossiae. So many have been sold in the United States during the last year that no doubt growers are anxious to know something more about it. Up to this time the writer has seen three plants bloom, each in a different collection and received from different sources, and all have been exquisitely beautiful. The flowers are not large for a Cattleya, say from four to five inches in diameter. The sepals and petals vary from light blush to rose, and appear to be firmer in substance than most of the Labiata group. But it is in the lip that the great beauty lies. The first one that opened had a dark orange throat, with maroon lines, and the lower part of the lip purple and brown. The next had a clear orange throat with lip maroon and purple; the last had a dark orange throat, spotted with reddish brown, lip maroon and purple fading to blue and a beautiful frilled white border, nearly one quarter of an inch wide. It is difficult to describe these variations which are so apparent when seen.
If C. Perce-viliana should continue to be a late fall or winter bloomer, it will add much to its value. It has another excellent quality, - it is the most floriferous Cattleya that I have ever seen. Every pseudo bulb bears an old flower stem, which shows from two to four flower seats. I have no doubt that many others have bloomed this Cattleya, and I would like to hear other opinions on it. I have also bloomed another new Cattleya, C. Ernstii. It has bulbs something like C. speciosissima, but the flowers are like C. Eldorado. If any one has bloomed C. Gaskeliana, I would like to know what it is like, also time of blooming.