Three surviving seedlings from my cross Dorte Reich X Ledum palustre. It is known from the work of other hybridizers that Ledum palustre can be crossed with several other lepidotes when used as pod parent. I wanted to test
if it works as pollen parent and apparently it does, at least on Dorte Reich. By now I'm absolutely sure that these seedlings are hybrids as they resemble Ledum seedlings in leaf morphology and have the unmistakable, pungent ledum scent. DR also has aromatic
foliage but the scent is very different, much sweeter. Interestingly, recent ploidy analysis shows that DR is polyploid. As all tested Finnish ledum samples have proven tetraploid (and I collected the pollen from plants in a local bog) there are fair chances
that this cross will produce fertile offspring, which might open an interesting new breeding path towards hardy lepidotes.