20 Exotic Orchids: Orchid Mania!

The Chicago Botanic Garden takes orchid love to a whole new level.
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Paphiopedilum 'Chiu Hua Dancer'

With delightful tendrils and multi-floral spikes up to two feet tall, this exotic orchid will be one of 10,000 to warm the hearts of visitors during the coldest days of winter at the Chicago Botanic Garden's first annual Orchid Show.

Phalaenopsis 'Timothy Christopher'

The Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Galleries at the Chicago Botanic Garden are transformed into a tropical paradise with inspiring displays of, among others, multi-floral miniature orchids such as the Phalaenopsis 'Timothy Christopher'.

Darwin's Orchid (Angraecum sesquipedale)

Could it have been their intoxicating scent that first caught the attention of Charles Darwin? 

Bulbophyllum medusae 'Miami'

This exotic orchid looks like it could use a shave and gains its name from the wild-haired Medusa from Greek mythology. Like many other flowers in the Orchidaceae family, this one is epiphytic, meaning it can grow without soil.

Cypripedium calceolus

Leave wintery thoughts of snow boots behind and behold these heartwarming yellow lady's slippers. Typically found in moist and woody areas throughout the world, visitors to the Chicago Botanic Orchid Show will find them cleverly displayed throughout the Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Gallery.

Degarmoara 'Stars and Bars'

This sunny orchid actually likes to hide from the sun but otherwise is easy on the eyes and easy to grow. Their flowers last up to two months and make it a wonderful plant to own for new orchid enthusiasts.

Ascocentrum 'Mona Church'

These pink beauties like to let their roots show, as many epiphytic orchids require no growing medium to thrive.

Dendrobium macrophyllum

Its common name might be the large-leaved Dendrobium, but its uncommon beauty makes it one of the most celebrated flowers in the orchid world.

Encyclia cordigera 'Dragon Mouth'

These orchids aren't fire-breathing dragons, but they are hot! Especially since they are so easy to grow and so pretty to behold—the flowers can last for up to three months, making them a favorite among orchid lovers.

Habenaria erichmichelii

Fragrant and delicate as a ballerina, this miniature terrestrial orchid comes from Southeast Asia but makes for an easy-to-grow windowsill addition to any collection. Added bonus: It also happens to have an especially long-lasting bloom time, 6-8 weeks!

Jumellea fragrans

The flowers of this Madagascar native look like small white moths. The leaves are sometimes used in creating teas and its essential oils are combined to produce some of the most heavenly perfumes. Nothing takes the sting out of winter like the beauty and balance of these delicate darlings of the orchid world.

Miltonia spectabilis 'Moreliana'

Some like it hot! Especially these heat-loving orchids from the jungles of Brazil. With deep plum flowers and a distinctive black licorice fragrance, these spring-summer bloomers are easy on the eyes as well as the nose.

Miltoniopsis

If you like the look of a pansy, you'll love catching a glimpse—and a whiff—of miltoniopsis. These are humid-loving darlings that thrive with moderate light and consistently moist conditions.

Neofinetia falcate

Many orchid lovers enjoy the firework appearance of these white miniatures that bloom all summer. Often referred to as the Japanese Wind Orchid, these little wonders will lift the spirit of any winter-weary soul.

Odontonia Yellow Parade 'Alpine'

This hybrid orchid is as sunny as a summer's day and smells good too! With multiple stems and an abundance of blooms, this guy really makes a statement.

Paphiopedilum micranthum

These fragrant flowers are commonly known as the Silver Slipper Orchid. They begin to show their colors March through May—the perfect accent after a long and dreary winter.

Phaius tankervilleae 'Rabin's Raven'

Orchid fans love this easy-to grow species for it many wonderful attributes.  Its upright, fragrant flowers grow on elegant long stems and its blooms can last for several months with minimal care.

Psychopsis 'Kalihi'

If you want color month after month, this is the orchid for you. With flowers that open in sequence after the first blossom is spent, this yellow and mahogany show-off is a perfect addition to an unadorned windowsill.

Vanda 'Lumpini Red'

Purple velvet is the only way to describe the impact of this stunning orchid. Vandas are native to hot, humid, tropical areas of Southeast Asia. They shiver at the very mention of snow and do not tolerate cool temperatures.

Wilsonara Aloha Sparks 'Fireworks'

The name says it all for this explosive, cascading orchid with tiny burgundy blooms. Give these orchids plenty of indirect light and moist conditions and they'll put on a memorable, long-lasting show.