The Meaning of Blue Orchids

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Many people choose which flowers to plant in their garden, give to a loved one or include in a wedding for physical beauty, affordability and climate conditions. Almost all flowers have deeper meanings, however--peace, purity and friendship, for instance. Rare blue orchids are beautiful and colorful, but throughout history they have also been symbols of strength and peace. The meaning of blue orchids is just as important as their appearance.

Origins

  • The symbolism of blue orchids goes all the way back to ancient Greece. Greeks believed the bold blue flowers were a symbol of virility and strength. The Aztecs also associated blue orchids with strength. Ancient inhabitants of China used the plant medicinally, to treat coughs and lung disorders, according to Online Flowers Guide.

Types

  • Blue orchids are rare, so only a few natural varieties of the plant exist. Blue dendrobium, blue coerulescens and blue coerulea are all types of blue orchids. The plants produce brightly colored blue and deep violet blossoms. The list of hybrid blue orchids created by florists is endless. The shades of blue may vary from florist to florist.

Growth

  • Blue orchids require full sun to grow, reaching up to 30 inches in height at full bloom. The flowers bloom up to three times, both in winter and through the spring. Some florists and gardeners may turn white orchids blue with simple food colorful, because true blue dendrobiums can be difficult to find. Like many types of orchids, blue dendrobiums come in two types: ground-growing terrestrials and tree-blooming epiphytes. Blue orchids are indigenous to the Philippines, according to Gardening Resources.

Orchid Meanings

  • Through the years, orchids in all shades have meant many things to many different cultures. In Victorian-era England, the orchid was a symbol of luxury and decadence. In today's popular culture, orchids are widely regarded as being symbolic of great beauty. Love and beauty are commonly associated with orchids in all shades today, making the blooms popular as houseplants and wedding decor.

Blue Flower Meanings

  • Blue flowers of all types have been historically associated with romance. Desire and love are often conveyed through blue blossoms. Because the color blue itself is associated with peace and tranquility, blue flowers may also be used to convey these feelings. Blue orchids specifically represent power, beauty and peace, according to Online Flowers Guide.

References

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