Winter flowers are blooming as we are now well and truly into the cold season here in New Zealand. One of our winter favourites in addition to proteas are orchids.
Here are some fascinating facts that you may not already know about these truly unique and one of a kind flowers.
1. Orchids vary in sizing, depending on the species. They can be distinctly small, or large enough to weigh a few hundred pounds. Some species grow to a length of 2.5 m, in comparison to others that only grow to 2mm.
2. There are over 25,000 various orchid species in the world. They can be found on every continent.
3. Orchids can be split in half, as they are bilateral symmetric flowers. This is often compared to the human face, which is similar due to the mirror image created by its two equal sides.
4. Vanilla bean is often derived from a species of orchid, which is a primary source of vanilla flavouring.
5. In Victorian times, orchid hunting became an activity. This was because in the 1800’s, the English were angered by the flower so attempted to make a profit from them. The flowers were sold for 1000’s of dollars per stem.
"An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm." -Leatrice Eiseman