Not only are orchids a lovely way to add colours to your home, but they also have a fascinating history.
Starting about 4,000 years ago, the Chinese word for orchids - “lan” - appeared in written texts about herbal medicine.
Confucius wrote about orchids, comparing the pleasure of seeing good friends to entering a room full of fragrant orchids. Meanwhile, in Europe native terrestrial orchids were used as aphrodisiacs.
The 19th century European frenzy of exploration, combined with the growing Western interest in tropical orchids, drove orchid prices up and drove many people to explore the tropics to collect more of the exotic plants.
Unfortunately, this collecting spree led to considerable orchid habitat destruction, and many species were probably lost forever as a result.
The family of orchids is the largest plant family, with a great deal of variety as well, from miniatures such as Mystacidium caffrum to the 20-foot-tall Renanthera storei.
Some orchids have tiny blooms smaller than a pinhead; others are bigger than an Easter lily.
Some orchids bloom continuously, others bloom just once a year.
Orchids are beautiful, interesting plants that are sure to enrich your life and bring a little tropical warmth into your winter home.
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