Cymbidium is a genus of about 50 species in the family Orchidaceae, native to high altitudes in Southeast Asia, though several species are native to northern Australia.
Cymbidium have a long stem that produces beautiful, exotic, waxy-looking flowers. These perennials grow on rocks or tree branches in nature. They are one of the most popular orchids in the world because of their easy maintenance, adaptability and spectacular flowers in a wide range of colors.
The genus name is derived from the Greek “kymbe”, meaning “boat”, referring to the shape of the flowers lip.
Cymbidium is a symbol of friendship.
In Asian culture, it is considered an honor to receive this plant as a gift. They embrace this flower as a symbol of valued and respectful friendship.
Interesting facts about Cymbidium:
Experts say Cymbidium is probably the oldest cultivated orchid. It has been cultivated for thousands of years. It was especially cultivated in ancient China around the time of Confucius who dubbed the Asian Cymbidium Orchid as the king of fragrant flowers.
A lot of hybrids were later also produced in USA, Australia and Europe. Important hybrids were produced in European chateau gardens as a hobby of the upper classes.
Benefits and Uses
Today, Cymbidium plants are an important cut flower, which has great commercial and aesthetic value. Their flowers are long lasting and often used in floral arrangements, including wedding flowers and corsages.
Cymbidium comes in various colors such as white, green, yellow, brown, orange, pink and red.
Spring, Autumn, Winter
Cymbidium range in size, from dwarf species to some reaching 1,5 metres (5 ft) in height.
This plant can grow in almost any kind of soil that is well drained.