The purple orchid seems to be one of the more popular orchids in the world today. Perhaps it is because the color purple has special significance in world culture. Purple was, of course, the color of vestments in ancient Rome. Additionally, it was often used in the garments of royalty and nobility, as purple fabric and dye were hard to come by.
It seems that the purple orchid has its name borrowed for many products. Calvin Klein appropriated the flower for one more perfume in a long line of (overpriced) perfumes. There are also other lesser known and more reasonably priced perfumes that also appropriate the orchid’s name. But perfumes are not the only appropriators of the purple orchid’s name and fragrance. The faux orchid has been borrowed as a device in kitchen and house and home ware items. There are even a number of inns that use “purple orchid” in the inn’s name.
But what about the actual orchid plant? It is part of one of the largest families of plants recorded by biologists – with an estimated 25,000 species in total. It is also noted for being one of the most evolutionarily-advanced species of flowering plant. This is primarily because it is well-adapted to attracting pollinators. It also provides a natural landing pad for pollinators, which greatly facilitates pollination.
While the purple orchid is relatively rare when compared to other orchid species, it is still relatively easy to purchase. Burpee, for instance, sells packs of orchid seeds for as little as $1.99. If you want to buy them in bulk, the per-pound rate will decrease significantly.
Once you have purchased your purple orchid, you will want to make sure that it receives the proper care. You can do this by purchasing soil nutrients and ensuring that it receives at least a little shade; as well as a weekly watering.