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A Guide to Understanding Orchid Colours and Their Symbolism

Do you know your Orchid colours? and did you know that each Orchid colour has a specific meaning?

Once deemed a rare and highly exotic flower, said to contain healing powers and only owned by those who could afford them. The orchid is now one of our most popular and loved indoor plants – with over 18 million purchased each year!

white orchid


These striking flowers are often given as gifts, but whatever the occasion you certainly won’t be stuck for choice. Orchids come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are available in many vibrant colours. The beauty of receiving an orchid as a gift is that each orchid colour is symbolic and each has different meaning!


Red Orchids: The Romantic & Courageous Bloom

When you think of the colour red, it is likely you will associate this with romance. The same can be said for the red orchid. These captivating flowers, known for their vibrancy and intricate shapes, have long been symbols of affection and love. But their significance doesn’t stop there; red orchids also embody bravery and courage, making them a versatile and meaningful gift for various occasions.

Their deep, rich color is often associated with strong emotions and passionate love, making them a popular choice for romantic gestures. Historically, red orchids were used as a main ingredient in love potions, believed to ignite passion and foster deep affection. This association with romance makes them an ideal gift for expressing your feelings towards that special someone. Gift a red orchid next Valentine’s Day, it could be the perfect way to express your feelings towards that special someone!



Orange Orchids: A Symbol of Enthusiasm & Pride

Orange orchids are a stunning choice for those who wish to convey a sense of enthusiasm, pride, and warmth. Their vibrant colours reminisce sunsets, making them a visually striking addition to any floral arrangement or indoor garden. Beyond their beauty, orange orchids carry rich symbolism and are perfect for various occasions.

Orange is a colour often associated with energy, enthusiasm, and excitement. Orange orchids make an excellent gift to celebrate achievements, new beginnings, or any joyous occasion. The bold orange colour also symbolises pride and success. They can be gifted for recognising accomplishments and milestones, both personal and professional and are a thoughtful way to congratulate someone whether it be a graduation or promotion.

Their warm, inviting colour represents warm and happiness, brightening any room and bringing a sense of warmth and comfort into your home. They can lift spirits and spread joy.


orange orchid



Yellow Orchids: Presenting Friendship & Joy

Yellow is a popular colour in spring and brings with it symbolisation of new life; the word ‘spring’ itself signifies a move or leap forward. These orchids also symbolise friendship and joy, bringing a touch of sunshine with their vibrant blooms. They make a delightful gift and beautiful addition to brighten up your home.

Yellow is often associated with friendship and platonic love. Yellow orchids embody these sentiments, making them a perfect gift for friends and loved ones. They convey a message of appreciation and joy, celebrating the bond you share with those who are close to you. These flowers can lift spirits and add a sense of cheerfulness to any environment. They are an excellent choice for celebrating happy occasions and spreading positive vibes.


yellow orchid

Green Orchids: Symbolising Nature & Renewal

Green orchids are a unique choice for plant enthusiasts and those looking to add a touch of elegance and symbolism to their space. They embody nature, renewal, and harmony. Their subtle beauty and rich symbolism make them a wonderful addition to any home or garden and a thoughtful gift for various occasions.

Green is the color most closely associated with nature. Green orchids, with their serene and calming presence, bring a sense of peace and balance to any environment. They remind us of the beauty and harmony of the natural world. They are also the perfect gift for celebrating fresh starts, whether it’s a new job, a new home, or a new phase in life. Their vibrant color signifies rejuvenation and the promise of new opportunities.


green orchid


Blue Orchids: The Most Captivating & Exotic Flower

The rarest of the orchids and the most difficult to attain, therefore said to embody rarity, is the simply beautiful, blue orchid.  As these flowers are difficult to find, you may often see blue orchids which contain dye to maintain their striking colour. The deep blue tone of the orchid symbolises strength, authority and depth. Yet the calmer tones of blue, representing the ocean, symbolises peace and calm.

Their soothing presence can help create a relaxing and harmonious environment, making them ideal for places where calmness is desired. The exotic and rare nature of blue orchids gives them a sense of elegance and luxury. Gifting blue orchids can convey a message of how special and extraordinary they are to you. They are perfect for celebrating one of a kind friendships.


blue orchids


Purple Orchids: Royalty and Admiration

For many years, the colour purple has been closely linked to power or royalty and is a popular colour amongst the Royal Family. You may hear the purple orchid be referred to as the ‘true queen’ amongst flowers. With their elegant appearance and deep symbolism, purple orchids can add a touch of sophistication and meaning to any setting. This orchid is a perfect gift if you want to show somebody you admire them, as it symbolises respect and appreciation.

By choosing purple orchids, you can convey a message of deep respect, appreciation, and inspiration, making a lasting impression on those who receive them.


purple orchid



White Orchids: Renowned for their beauty and grace

White orchids are more than just beautiful flowers; they are symbols of purity, elegance, sympathy, and respect. Their pristine and sophisticated appearance makes them a versatile and meaningful gift. Perfect for a variety of occasions, from weddings and anniversaries to moments of sympathy and formal celebrations.

By choosing white orchids, you can convey a message of love, appreciation, and solace, making a lasting impression on those who receive them. With proper care, these stunning blooms can continue to bring a touch of grace and serenity into any space.




Understanding the symbolism behind orchid colours can deepen your appreciation for these exquisite flowers. Each orchid colour, from the passionate red to the joyful yellow carries unique messages and emotions. Whether you are celebrating a milestone, expressing admiration, or simply bringing beauty into your home, choosing the right orchid colour is important. It can convey your sentiments with elegance and thoughtfulness.

Orchid Care

Caring for orchids requires attention to their unique needs to keep them healthy and vibrant. Place them in bright, indirect light, avoiding direct sunlight that can scorch their delicate flowers and leaves. Water them once a week, ensuring the compost dries out slightly between waterings. Always choose a pot with good drainage to prevent root rot. Orchids thrive in humid environments, so increase humidity by misting them regularly.

Orchids love being in a potting mix that lets water run past their roots. Our Westland Orchid Potting Mix is the perfect solution to repot your orchid. Enriched with pine bark to create the perfect balance of aeration and drainage for healthy root development and added zinc complex to promote root growth.

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