Orchids are exotic and delicate flowers that represent love, beauty, strength, and luxury. However their history is filled with lust, greed, and wealth. In ancient Greece, orchids were a symbol of virility. It was believed that if the father of an unborn child ate large orchid tubers or roots, the baby would be male. If the mother ate small tubers, the baby would be a girl. In the Victorian era, orchids shifted to a symbol of luxury and continue today to represent rare and graceful beauty. Pink orchids express pure affection and the Cattelya orchid conveys mature charm. In China, orchids represent refinement and the innocence of children. In the United States, they are the 14th wedding anniversary flower.
There are nearly 25,000 varieties of orchids that span all the continents save Antarctica. The majority of orchids are epiphytes, meaning that they grow on top of or are attached to another living plant. The most common orchids are Dendrobiums, Cymbidium, Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, and Vanda. Orchids are believed to posses healing and protective powers. It is said that the Aztecs once drank the pulp from a Vanilla orchid mixed with chocolate to gain more power and strength. The Chinese also used orchids as herbal medicine to cure lung illnesses and coughs.
Visit Albert’s Florist today and choose from our wide variety of Phalaenopsis orchids and seasonal Cymbidium orchids or purchase them online here!