Mexipedium xerophyticum is a rare species from Mexico. Taxonomists have moved it into the genus Phragmipedium as they do not like monotypic genera. We refuse to call it a Phrag as there is nothing about its flower form or growth habit that suggests it belongs there.
This species is known from a very small population in the wild, and is still relatively rare in the hobby. The plants are often reluctant to set seed and the seed can be challenging in the lab. We think we have ‘cracked the code’ so to speak, and have good quantities in production.
Despite its relative rarity this species is easy to grow. It prefers a well drained media, moderate to bright light and warm temperatures. If you are looking for cultural tips from our care page just use multifloral Paphs as the general guideline. We grow them along side these in the nursery.
The plants produce new growths on stolons (runners) that can be several inches long. These stolons often creep out of the pot and must be carefully guided back in. If they are not in contact with the potting media they will not root.