Orchids have drawn the eye of The New York Times Fashion & Style section. The Times laments that becoming a “grocery staple” has dulled the mystique of once-exotic orchids. While Phals have become common, however, tens of thousands of other varieties continue to inspire. From elusive black orchid flowers to custom hybrids, orchids still spawn new markets. For example, anyone can attach their name to a new Cattleya cultivar for $1500, offering the chance for their very own floral marquee. When it comes to being trendy, orchids have just gotten started.
Check the accompanying photo gallery in The Times to see Cattleya hybrids named in honor of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II, Sarah Jessica Parker, Martha Stewart, several first ladies, and other celebrities.
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