Cattleya Charms

As winter’s chill arrives, this brilliant tropical Cattleya is inspiring lots of warm thoughts in our home. It’s been boasting vivid purple and white blooms for over a month. In addition to their stunning colors, they emit a sweet, spicy fragrance.

Laeliocattleya Nice Holiday 'Suntopia' HCC/AOS, Cattleya orchid hybrid, purple white and yellow flower with fringed lip, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaLaeliocattleya Nice Holiday 'Suntopia' HCC/AOS, Cattleya orchid hybrid, purple white and yellow flowers with fringed lip, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaLaeliocattleya Nice Holiday 'Suntopia' HCC/AOS, Cattleya orchid hybrid, purple white and yellow flower with fringed lip, grown indoors in Pacifica, California

It’s no wonder that Cattleyas have been favorite corsage orchids for decades. Along with their captivating hues and rich scents, many varieties have fascinating wavy, fringed petals, especially on the flower lip. The undulating edges on these¬†eye-catching blooms add interest and allure.

Laeliocattleya Nice Holiday 'Suntopia' HCC/AOS, Cattleya orchid hybrid, purple white and yellow flower with fringed lip, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaLaeliocattleya Nice Holiday 'Suntopia' HCC/AOS, Cattleya orchid hybrid, purple white and yellow flowers with fringed lip, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaLaeliocattleya Nice Holiday 'Suntopia' HCC/AOS, Cattleya orchid hybrid, close up of fringed lips of purple and white flowers, grown indoors in Pacifica, California

This hybrid is Laeliocattleya Nice Holiday ‘Suntopia’ HCC/AOS. A complicated name like that provides a good chance for a refresher on deciphering orchid nametags. The first word, Laeliocattleya, is a combination of the genus names Laelia and Cattleya. The hybrid name is Nice Holiday, and the cultivar name is ‘Suntopia’. This cultivar has earned a Highly Commended Certificate from the American Orchid Society, and that award becomes part of the plant name, too, as HCC/AOS. All together, it’s a lot of syllables to describe Cattleya charms.

Laeliocattleya Nice Holiday 'Suntopia' HCC/AOS, Cattleya orchid hybrid, close up of fringed lip of purple and white flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaLaeliocattleya Nice Holiday 'Suntopia' HCC/AOS, Cattleya orchid hybrid, purple and white flowers with fringed lips, two flowers shown in side view and one flower from front, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaLaeliocattleya Nice Holiday 'Suntopia' HCC/AOS, Cattleya orchid hybrid, purple and white flowers with fringed lips, one flower shown from bottom on and one flower from front, grown indoors in Pacifica, California

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One Comment on “Cattleya Charms”

  1. Ava Says:

    I really like what you guys are usually up too. This sort of clever post and always beautiful flowers!
    Keep up the awesome works guys