Pantone Color Institute, a world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems across a variety of industries, particularly fashion and design, picked Radiant Orchid as the color of 2014. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, “this color encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” Purple has always been a prominent color in the orchid world, but it is more than just a hot trend.
For an orchid, purple has many meanings and functions.
Offers protection and encourages seed production: The brilliant and bold purple hues of orchid flowers come from chemicals called anthocyanins. In nature, these chemicals attract pollinators, such as hummingbirds and butterflies, that carry pollen from flower to flower to fertilize the plant. The purple also acts as a natural sunscreen to protect the plant from UV radiation.
Sunburn warning: As you know, orchids like a lot of light, as long as it's not direct sunlight. Orchids sunburn just like human skin, and the reddish-purple tint on the leaves may be a sign that your plant might be receiving too much sun. Later stages of sunburn damage include yellowing leaves or white spots on the leaves.
Reveals your admiration: Purple is not only functional, but it offers you a way to send a special message to your loved ones. Purple is a majestic color and symbolizes respect and admiration. Lavender exudes femininity, grace and elegance. Giving your mother, aunt, sister, wife or girlfriend purple and lavender orchids is a subtle way to honor the women in your life.
Adds a simple, but beautiful touch to every room: Placing a orchid in a small corner of a bathroom or in any room can brighten any space with a splash of color and put a smile on your face. Pair your purple orchid with apple turquoise accents for an even more dramatic effect.
The enigmatic hue of purple has always captivated orchid lovers and admirers, and it looks like 2014’s Radiant Orchid will expose many more people to its allure.
Interested in seeing some of our beautiful purple orchids? Check out our photo gallery!