Pleione Shantung 'Ducat'
5th April 2013
P. formosana x P. x confusa raised by D. Harberd and registered in 1977.
When David Harberd first produced the grex he was trying to combine the yellow flowers of P. x confusa
with the easy going habits of P. formosana. A number of clones were named from the original cross
that were all fairly vigorous, but only this one had the desired yellow colour. It was a thing of astonishing
wonder at the time, and it still is. In 1983 I was offered a seedling of the grex with pink flowers, for £25.
I declined the offer. At the time 'Ducat' was not available commercially but was starting to circulate
among enthusiasts with good contacts and deep pockets.
Time flows by (like an incomprehensible river of sludge) and I have finally bought myself a pseudobulb.
This is still one of the best yellow hybrids produced.
26th April 2018