If I mentioned orchids to you, the first picture you may conjure up in your mind might be one of a Phalaenopsis orchid? They are, without doubt, one of the most popular varieties available and adorn many a home.
But have you heard of Brassia, Cattleya, Dendrobium nobile, Paphiopedilum or Zygopetalum orchids? Well, if you’re looking for a houseplant with a difference, here’s a little introduction…
The Brassia orchid is also known as the ‘Spider Orchid’ because of its long, spindly petals, resembling a spider’s legs. The flowers, which are yellow, orange or green, generally bloom in the spring and summer and are sweetly scented.
The Cattleya orchid is sometimes referred to as the ‘Queen of Flowers’ because of its big showy blooms, which are sometimes used to make corsages. You’ll also find them in bridal bouquets and here’s a beautiful example. Its frilly, often scented petals, range in colour from white and yellow, to orange, green, pink and purple.
The Dendrobium nobile orchid differs from other types of orchid due to the way that its scented flowers grow in clusters on its upright, straight stems. The blooms vary in colour from white or yellow, through to orange, red and purple, plus combinations of these colours.
Due to the unique slipper-shaped blooms which the Paphiopedilum orchid produces, it’s often referred to as the ‘Slipper Orchid’. There are dozens of hybrids varying in size, colour and shape. Most plants only produce a couple of stems bearing just a few flowers.
Zygopetalum orchids have striking waxy-looking blooms, in purple, green or brown, together with a large lip radiating pink or purple lines and spots. They’re also noted for their incredible fragrance which resembles that of a strong hyacinth aroma.
So, I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know these unusual, exotic orchids. Perhaps the next time you’re looking for a gift for someone (especially if you know that they’re an orchid fan!) or you’re looking to add a pop of colour to your home, you may like to buy a Brassia, Cattleya, Dendrobium nobile, Paphiopedilum or Zygopetalum orchid as a change to Phalaenopsis?
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)