What a stylish looker! Phalaenopsis looks beautiful on its own, or with several grouped together in a bowl. This blooming houseplant flirts merrily. Can you feel the butterflies rising in your tummy?
Colours and shapes
Radiant white, vivid yellow, but also lemon and pale orange. Pink from powder to hot. Purple from lilac to fuchsia. Would you like to add some spots, stripes, freckles or edges? The moth orchid or Phalaenopsis offers them all. This lady produces an opulent comb of flowers on a tall, elegant stem that can last up to three months.
It’s easy to guess where the moth orchid gets its name from. The name Phalaenopsis derives from the Greek word ‘phalaina’ which means ‘moth’ and refers to the shape of the flower. In the symbolism of flowers, a Phalaenopsis indicates charm, refinement and beauty. Isn’t that a beautiful gesture?
The orchid was brought to Western Europe in around 1700 by explorers from the tropical rainforests of Asia, New Guinea and Australia. It was one of the first tropical flowers to appear in the flower collections in Victorian orangeries. The orchid is so popular that in addition to the 60 different species, thousands of hybrids have been created.