Exquisite and elegant, orchids are objects of perfect symmetry, with geometric shaped petals and root tubers from which the plant derives its name. From the Greek word ‘orkhis’ – which refers to the ‘male anatomy’ shape of the tubers – the orchid has long been associated with virility and fertility. Ancient Greeks believed the root tubers could determine the sex of an unborn child, while in ancient China the orchid represented many children.
A symbol of beauty and spiritual perfection, the stunning orchid is the epitome of rare and delicate splendour, which in Victorian England referenced a beautiful woman. The ancient Chinese considered the orchid the essence of human perfection and it was also associated with Spring Festivals, where the orchid was believed to keep evil influences at bay – particularly barrenness. As a result, the Chinese further believed the orchid symbolised procreation, and were promises of fatherhood. In the language of flowers, the orchid is the symbol of fervour.
Also considered a symbol of love during the Victorian era, it was customary to give a gift of this exotic plant to someone for whom you held great affection. It was also common in Europe – during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – to use orchids in love potions. 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 considered 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 the Christian tradition, spots on particular species of orchid are said to represent the blood of Christ, and often decorate the altar at Easter, while Calayan tribes in the Philippines believe that orchids are the guardians of the forests. Poetically, the Javanese describe jewel orchids as pieces that have fallen from the mantle of a fairy princess. Representative too of peace, strength, and elegance, the magnificent orchid continues to heighten one's senses, and fire the imagination with its fragile yet powerful symbolism. This gorgeous bloom is as popular as ever, with an eclectic range of modern hybrids available. With a vast array of bright, unique colours, it is now easy to give the gift of an orchid in order to show your recipient how you feel.
The range of Interflora orchids available are carefully arranged to highlight their pure beauty, allowing your recipient to enjoy their spectacular gift for weeks to come. The gorgeous Violetta arrangement will brighten any room, while the amazing Virtue is perfect for those who love a unique look. Whichever Interflora orchid arrangement you prefer, you are guaranteed to be thrilled by the pristine beauty of this phenomenal production of nature.
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