Cattleya, a genus of orchids composted of 113 different species, is widely known for its large, beautiful flowers. These orchids blossom in all colors and grow natively from Costa Rica to South America. A typical Cattleya can be recognized by its three narrow sepals of approximate equal size and three petals featuring unique markings and an undulant edge. Two of these petals are quite similar to one another, while the lower third looks quite different and is known as the lip (a highly specialized structure used to provide its pollinators a place to land).
If you decide to try your hand at growing one of these beautiful orchids, this quick care guide should point you in the right direction. (more…)