Cymbidium

Flaming florals with huge wow factor

Cymbidium blooms forth from a forest of pale green leaves. The flowers are so plentiful, the stems are quickly bent over by their weight. That’s what makes this orchid so unique: it’s a verdant green, cheerful and easy-to-care-for plant that's absolutely covered with flowers.

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Colours and shapes

Cymbidium flowers for weeks. Like a flaming torch, it glows with red, purple, pink, orange, yellow, green or bicoloured flowers, which sometimes also have a light pleasant fragrance. It's available from standard orchid pot sizes through to extra-large versions that makes a gorgeous indoor shrub. Cymbidium is particularly desirable as it's one of the few flowers available in the autumn and winter.

Origin

Cymbidium is a member of the orchid family. It’s certainly not a delicate plant — it’s accustomed to surviving on the southern slopes of the Himalayas. In that rocky, nutrient-poor soil, through freezing cold nights and in bright pale sunlight, it produces its mysterious, elegant flowers. Every flower has a hollow arched lip that resembles a boat. This is where it gets its common name 'boat orchid' from, and its scientific name too: ‘Kymbos’, the origin of Cymbidium, is the Greek word for boat.

Symbolism

Cymbidium is traditionally a special gift for friends, as the flower symbolises a valued and respected friendship. The philosopher Confucius called this plant 'King of the Fragrant Plants' and we think he was right!