White Orchids Description

Overview

White orchids are some of the most popular types of orchids in the world. They normally bloom in tropical climates but have become more common as household plants in less temperate areas of the world.

Shape

Gardeners often call white orchids "moth orchids" because they resemble the shape of moths or butterflies.

Cattleya

With several subspecies, this type is one of the most well known of white orchids. Its fragrant, large flowers bloom with a light yellow tinge.

Dendrobium

Found in most places in the world, this orchid blooms smaller flowers than the cattleya. The flowers grow in clusters, with each branch having up to 20 blooms.

Phalaenopsis

The phalaenopsis blooms flowers on a single stalk and is considered the easiest of the orchid family to grow and maintain. The flowers are either all white or have a small amount of other colors, depending on the hybrid or subspecies.

Vanda

This orchid has the least number of flowers of all white orchids. Small to medium-size flowers usually have spots or strips of other color.

References

  • Savvy Gardening: Garden Ideas, Tips, etc. --White Orchids
  • Growing White Orchids
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