Identifying your Mother’s Day orchid is an important part of basic orchid care. Since Moth Orchids are the most popular varieties, they’re the best place to start. It’s likely that your gift is a Moth Orchid, or Phal, like those in the first row of photos below. This is only a small sampling of countless Moth Orchid colors, patterns, and sizes. They come in many hues, including whites, pinks, yellows, reds, and purples.
Lady Slippers, shown in the next row of photos, are also favorite gift orchids. Their distinctive, pouch-shaped flower lips make them easy to identify. Their colors include whites, pinks, greens, reds, and yellows.
Cattleyas, such as the next photo below, are popular corsage flowers, and often have sweet scents.
Cymbidiums, shown in the middle picture, come in reds, whites, pinks, yellows, greens, and browns.
Dendrobiums, like the last photo of this row, are a diverse group of orchids. Den Phals are the most common types.
Epidendrums, like the first picture in the next row, come in reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, greens, purples, and whites.
Miltoniopsis earn their nickname Pansy Orchid from their resemblance to pansy flowers.
Oncidiums, shown in the final photo, are also known as Dancing Lady Orchids. Their sprays of small flowers seem to sway together in a breeze.