The Types of Purple Velvety Orchids

Orchids are one of the largest plant families and the national flower of multiple nations. These flowers come in various shades of yellow, orange, pink, white and purple. They are velvety soft, tropical flowers that often are associated with weddings as centerpieces, bridal bouquets or corsages. The meaning of the word "orchid" is defined as bluish-purple or a reddish-purple. So, it is no wonder there is a diverse group of purple-tinted orchids.

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

The moth orchid is a tropical native plant in Asia. The plant’s name is derived from its angled stems and flat flowers that resemble a moth taking flight. Flat, broad leaves adorn the moth orchid with silver or white colored roots. This plant blossoms just once a year normally; it grows pastel colored flowers in an array of colors, including purple.

Cattleya (Cattleya Amethystoglossa)

The cattleya orchid plant can grow to 3 feet in height and produce 20 or more flowers. These buds are light lavender with various colored spots upon the 3- to 5-inch petals. They have smooth, rubbery, evergreen leaves. The plant needs partial to full sun to thrive and a regular watering schedule. The cattleya orchid is a native plant in Brazil.

The Outstanding Miltonia (Miltonia Spectabilis)

The Miltonia spectabilis is a native Brazilian orchid plant. The plant’s blossom is 4 inches in height and 3 inches wide. The flowers are lavender in color with a white border and have very wide petals that curve backwards; sometimes the petals have threads of a darker purple coloring streaking downwards. This plant thrives under moderate light conditions and is a very popular genus of orchid to hybridize.

Spotted Sun Orchid (Thelymitra Ixioides)

The spotted sun orchid is a native plant to Australia and New Zealand. The flower is a deep bluish-purple or mauve with the same colored sepals and covered in dark dots. The plant has deeply grooved leaves and blossoms two to eight flowers that are 1 inch in diameter with 5-foot-tall stems. This plant is a favorite among orchid enthusiasts and is cultivated in pots.

Vuylstekeara 'Aloha Passion'

The Vuylstekeara 'Aloha Passion' is an inter-generic hybrid orchid that was named after its grower Charles Vuylsteke. It is a hybrid mix between a Miltonia, Odontoglossum and Cochlioda orchid. It thrives in morning and evening light and needs water when the soil becomes dry. The plant's leaves are a bright green and the orchid grows 10 to 20 butterfly-shaped flowers that sit atop tall stems. The flower is a dark purple with pinkish-purple markings and is 3 to 4 inches in size.

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