Orchids are the champagne of flowers. Orchids convey elegance and luxury. Orchid is a popular flower for decorative flower arrangements for centuries as it adds vibrance and color in every room. There are thousands of varieties of orchids (over 35,000 in fact) and orchids is also one of the most symbolic flowers in history. Orchids are considered symbols of love because of the fact that the plants grow easily, and bloom under most conditions. During the Victorian era, it was a custom to gift exotic and rare flowers to show love and affection. It was even believed that rarer the flower you chose as a gift, deeper was your love.
In every race and culture they have their own beliefs of what an Orchid symbolizes. Throughout many different societies, the wonderful flowers have held great ceremonial and cultural value.
The Ancient Greeks, for example, felt that it was a great symbol of male fertility. and Greek women would give meals of the plants’ bulbs to their husband if they wanted to conceive a male child. Considering the name they gave us for the flower in English, that’s not much of a surprise!
In China, orchids are believed to represent fertility, refinement, thoughtfulness, and innocence of children. Orchids are also believed to bring good luck and prosperity.
Popular too in ancient Japan, the orchid was considered a symbol of wealth by royalty, who kept the flowers in their temples, and commissioned them in their painted scrolls.
Japanese warriors believed they were being rewarded for their bravery if they came across an orchid, while the Aztecs drank a concoction made with extracts from the vanilla orchid and cacao beans, which they believed enhanced physical strength.
In parts of the Philippines, orchids play a role as the protectors of forests, while further south.
Poetically, the Javanese describe jewel orchids as pieces that have fallen from the mantle of a fairy princess."