|This orchid was with Marian during her last days, and it came back this year with an amazing amount of blooms.|
Symbolism in History
To the ancient Greeks, orchids represented virility. It was often used as a fertility treatment and even as a means of influencing the gender of a child. If the father of baby ate large orchid tubers, it was thought, the baby would be a boy; If the mother ate small, withered tubers, the baby would be a girl. In the Middle Ages, orchids were used as an aphrodisiac and were the basis of love potions. Orchids also symbolized power and strength to the ancient Aztec Indians, who were the first to discover how to extract vanilla from orchids and mix it into a drink. In Victorian England, orchids symbolized luxury as they were rare in that society; that same meaning carries over today.
|delicate, exotic... can see why the orchid is considered the flower of love|