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Monday, December 26, 2011

Meaning and Symbolism of Orchid

Kali ni malas pulak nak translate ke bahasa Melayu..jadi sudi-sudikan baca..

          Orchids are beautiful and delicate. They seem almost to be the anti flower with their geometric shapes the antithesis of the soft, rounded curves of more common flowers. It is this very unusual quality that makes them so exotic and desirable. Orchids have had a long history and have different meanings. Do we ever wonder what orchid means? Sometimes we see orchid bouquet or plants presented to somebody as a gift and so on..Well, here it goes..


            Orchids are a long-lasting and particularly elegant type of flower, making them the perfect gift for many occasions. Their graceful appearance draws immediate attention, and their reputation as an exotic and unusual flower evokes a sense of refinement and innocence. With many orchid varieties to choose from and the meanings of orchids being so special, you are sure to find one that can express the right message, whether it be Thank You, Happy Anniversary, Congrats on Your Promotion, or anything in between.
           Whatever meaning you choose to take from these beautiful flowers there can be no gift more unusual, unexpected or beautiful than a carefully made up bouquet of these flowers. The orchids add another dimension to such a gift.


           In ancient Greece it was believed that orchids were a symbol of fertility and virility. It was even believed that consuming the flower could determine the sex of an unborn child. If the father of an unborn child ate large, new orchid tubers then the woman would have a boy.
On the other hand if the mother ate small orchid tubers she would have a girl. If you are trying to have a baby this could be a meaningful gift to your spouse. Or this could be a pretty and meaningful gift for someone who is expecting a baby.


           In Victorian England orchids took on the mantle of luxury. No doubt this image stems from the fact that these flowers are hard to find anywhere but tropical places. Anyone during this era who could afford to buy these exotic blooms would have to be a rich person. Orchids still have a connotation of luxury as they are still hard to find and exotic.

Perfection and Beauty

            Today, the meanings of orchids are generally regarded as symbolic of rare and delicate beauty. The shape of orchids has been mentioned as geometric in comparison to the curvier forms of other flowers. The straight lines that run through these flowers have led them to be a symbol of perfection and beauty. This has to do with the notion that beauty can be found in symmetry. The varied colors of these flowers will give you many choices in terms of which beautiful bloom you wish to use or present someone with. The orchid flower meaning symbolizes a beautiful lady according to the Victorian era.


           Orchids stand for the symbol of love and affection. It has the ability to grow anywhere and has the resistance power to bloom under any condition, that makes it a symbol of love. During the Victorian Era, it was said, the gifting a flower that was found with much difficulty, means the love has deeper affections and emotions. A pink orchid conveys pure affection. The Cattleya orchid denotes mature charm, and is often used in corsages for Mother's Day.

          The ancient Chinese interpreted the orchid flower meaning as a symbol for many children. It also signifies refinement, and innocence.

          In Japan, Neofinetia falcata has a long history within the Samurai culture. This little jewel long treasured by Japanese royalty for its fragrance and foliage. It is known as an orchid of wealth and nobility. Samurai warriors would travel for miles in the search for this tiny orchid to bring back to the royal court. If the warrior succeeded in his quest, it was considered a sign of his bravery. 

        The Aztecs were said to drink a mixture of Vanilla orchid and chocolate to give them power and strength.

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, 
we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, 
that would be giving as the angels give 
- George MacDonald


  1. Wonderful comments about orchids.

    Not a big fan of them myself but am a huge fan of the fat fictional detective Nero Wolfe who loves them. Also a fan of the movie "No More Orchids" starring the beautiful and incredibly talented Carole Lombard.

    Kindest regards .....

  2. Thank you for your beautiful explanation of what the orchid flower symbolizes
    I was pleasantly surprised when a potted Orchid plant showed up on my doorstep on Halloween afternoon. Your blog added a deeper meaning to the symbolism behind the Orchid plant. Thank you for your creative explanation of this warm and wonderful flower that my sweet boyfriend left for me as an expression of his feelings for me. It was the first gift he has given me and I am so blessed by his presence, love, and kindness. Warmly ~ Muna

  3. Keep up the great work you will be so happy in your new home I can tell.Dan Andersson Scam

  4. thank you. it really helps me a lot to create brand story of 'the orchid skin' that i work in.

  5. Thanks for this article. ^_^
    I just want to ask if the meaning and symbolism also goes for cymbidium orchids.

  6. Thank you. The article is great. I am a fan of orchids just because of their beauty. Today I've just known their meanings. I am looking for the meanings of some flower species. It is very helpful. Visit our site if you feel free : CP Flowers

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