Phalaenopsis

Roll out the red carpet

She's slender with shining leaves and long stems from which flowers emerge as thrilling creations. Meet Phalaenopsis, also known as the moth orchid, the prettiest lady in your plant collection.

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Colours and shapes

Phalaenopsis’ nickname - moth orchid - is derived from the shape of the flowers. They resemble fluttering, elegant moths. The plant is definitely recommended for fans of pastels, because Phalaenopsis comes in purple, pink, salmon, white and yellow. Bright blue is also an option, but that has been created with dye. Alongside plain colours, this orchid is also happy to offer a pattern of spots or stripes. The plant can also be recognised by its fleshy roots, thick and shiny leaves and tall flower stems.

Symbolism

Phalaenopsis is not just lovely to look at - its symbolism is also irresistible. What else could it be but elegance, femininity and attachment? A symbolism that makes not just you, but also someone else happy.

Origin

In the wild Phalaenopsis grows on trees and rocks in the tropical rainforests in Asia and Australia. We therefore call this orchid an epiphyte: a plant that lives on other plants without drawing nutrients from them. In the 18th century explorers brought this grande dame to Europe, where she quickly and successfully established herself as a houseplant.