50 Orchid Quotes About Nature’s Masterpiece

Add some natural beauty to your life with our orchid quotes. 

Orchids are one of the most beautiful and popular flowers that people enjoy.

What makes the orchid so special?

Find out with the orchid quotes and sayings below. 

What is an orchid?

Orchids are plants that belong to the family Orchidaceae. 

They are a very diverse group of flowering plants with colorful and pleasant-smelling blooms. 

Check out these orchid facts below:

  • Orchidaceae is one of the two largest families of flowering plants. 
  • There are about as many orchids in the world as there are bony fish. 
  • There are about 28,000 species of orchids, with more constantly discovered. 

Orchids make up 6-11 percent of all species of seed plants.

How can I identify an orchid?

There are some amazing apps out there to help identify all sorts of flora. 

However, if you want to be able to identify orchids on your own, look for colorful bilateral flowers with highly modified petals, fused stamens, and small seeds. 

Orchids literally grow everywhere and on everything. 

They add beauty and ambiance anywhere they grow. 

Their smell is aromatic, attracting humans, bees, and other creatures who enjoy sweet odors. 

Poet Marilyn Lott once wrote, “It is so amazing to see a flower as complex as these orchids are. They brighten up a greenhouse and are the classiest flower by far.” 

Why do humans love orchids so much?

Like roses, tulips, and sunflowers, orchids are celebrated flowers humans love to grow, cultivate, and give as gifts. 

Orchids are known for their elegance and charm.

Their color and odor stimulate our senses. 

They cover the whole color spectrum creating kaleidoscopes of color that stifle the mind and open the heart. 

However, there is something deeper between humans and the orchid. 

There is something mesmerizing about the flower that draws our attention. 

The orchid’s influence on different cultures

Cultures across the globe have had a long love affair with the beautiful orchid for generations. 

The ancient Greeks associated the lovely flower with the power of fertility.

In China, they are believed to bring good luck and fortune. 

West African nations like Cameroon have always viewed the orchid as a robust plant that helps bring happiness, luck, and love. 

Check out our orchid quotes below to learn more about this fabulous flower. 

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Short orchid quotes about the unique flower

Let’s start with these short and sweet orchid quotes. 

1. “This orchis is fragilely beautiful.” Harvey Broome

2. “Orchid hunting is a mortal occupation.” Susan Orlean

3. “The orchid is Mother Nature’s masterpiece.” Robyn

4. “And, unlike the orchids, she wasn’t even a pretty one.” Scott Westerfeld

5. “If I see an orchid that’s fantastically expensive, I’ll buy it.” Lee Radziwill

6. “My love for you takes flight like a white orchid blushing pink.” Jarod Kintz

7. “Have you ever noticed how much they look like orchids? Lovely!” Robert A. Heinlein

8. “My hobbies are cooking and gardening, especially growing orchids.” Juliet Mills

9. “In the winter, I enjoy cross-country skiing and raising orchids and amaryllises.” Diane Ackerman

10. “A human being isn’t an orchid. He must draw something from the soil he grows in.” Sara Jeannette Duncan

The top orchid quotes about beauty and fragrance

Orchids are legendary for speaking to most of the human senses. 

11. “An orchid’s grace is like poetry in motion, a symphony of delicacy and strength.” Amer Arat

12. “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health.” Leatrice Eiseman

13. “Don’t compare her to sunshine and roses when she’s clearly orchids and moonlight.” Melody Lee

14. “Give me peonies and tulips, orchids or gardenia. Those were flowers with character.” Justina Chen

15. “And the eye became a body, the murky heart of a rose. The sinister shadow of an orchid.” Patti Smith

16. “An orchid in a deep forest sends out its fragrance even if no one is around to appreciate it.” Confucius

17. “You’re a quiet, beautiful woman in a loud, ugly place. An orchid among weeds. You define obvious.” Lynn Viehl

18. “When speech comes from a quiet heart, it has the strength of the orchid, and the fragrance of rock.” Stephen Mitchell

19. “Lord Illingworth told me this morning that there was an orchid there as beautiful as the seven deadly sins.” Oscar Wilde

20. “When two friends understand each other totally, the words are soft and strong like an orchid’s perfume.” Sara Jeannette Duncan

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The best orchid quotes celebrating the sublime flower

It is difficult to rival the beauty of an orchid when it blooms. 

21. “I raise orchids.” Beau Bridges

22. “What would grow an orchid would drown a cactus.” John Ortberg

23. “Once established, a moth orchid will bloom year after year.” Mary Gerritsen

24. “Scatter as a prayer escaping my lips, as orchids blooming in clouds.” Sanober Khan

25. “Orchids were demanding, troublesome plants, each with its own temperament.” Lisa Kleypas

26. “I also like to garden. I grow things, vegetables, flowers. I particularly like orchids.” Beau Bridges

27. “The orchid had been rendered so magnificently that it seemed to grow off the page.” Elizabeth Gilbert

28. “Many orchid lovers consider Lycaste blooms to be the most beautiful of all orchid flowers.” Orchid Bliss

29. “Orchids were not made by an ideal engineer; they are jury-rigged from a limited set of available components.” Stephen Jay Gould

30. “An orchid in full bloom is a thing of beauty, its delicate petals a reminder of the fleeting nature of life.” J.R. Ward

Famous orchid quotes for flower lovers

Who doesn’t love a nice orchid?

31. “Love is an orchid which thrives principally on hot air.” Myrtle Reed

32. “Hope is like one of those orchids that grows around toxic waste.” Rachel Cusk

33. “He bought me so many orchids that I looked like a well-kept grave.” Texas Guinan

34. “You can learn much about how an orchid is pollinated by the way it looks.” Lucinda Riley

35. “Human beings aren’t orchids; we must draw something from the soil we grow in.” Sara Jeannette Duncan

36. “Brightly colored orchids, on the other hand, are pollinated by butterflies and birds.” Lucinda Riley

37. “A flower is a daisy chain, a graduation, a valentine; a flower is New Year’s Eve and an orchid in your hair.” Jean Hersey

38. “For other people, love is like some rare orchid that can only grow in one place under a certain set of conditions.” Scarlett Thomas

39. “She thought of the orchids spreading across the plains below, choking the life out of other plants, out of the soil itself, selfish and unstoppable.” — Scott Westerfeld

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40. “As the seed buried in the earth cannot imagine itself as an orchid or hyacinth, neither can a heart packed with hurt imagine itself loved or at peace.” Mark Nepo

Orchid quotes and sayings about life

Flowers teach us much about ourselves. They encourage us to soak up the sun, show our beauty, and open up to the world. 

41. “Orchid, my orchid, love, my love, I’ll dream with you forever.” Caleb Eli Price

42. “I have become an orchid washed in on the salt white beach.” Mary Ruefle

43. “Smiling disarmingly from an orchid wild with their white petals washed in dew.” Valsa George

44. “The time is imminent, but the dawn is young, my white orchid, born to the sun.” Caleb Eli Price

45. “Just as I wonder whether it’s going to die, the orchid blossoms, and I can’t explain why.” — Sam Hamill

46. “We should bow deeply before the orchid and the snail and join our palms reverently before the monarch butterfly and the magnolia tree.” Thich Nhat Hanh

47. “One wants to move through life with elegance and grace, blossoming infrequently but with exquisite taste, and perfect timing, like a rare bloom, a zebra orchid.” Tony Kushner

48. “To rise above treeline is to go above thought, and after, the descent back into bird song, bog orchids, willows, and firs is to sink into the preliterate parts of ourselves.” Gretel Ehrlich

49. “Yes, colored petals are the clothing of flowers. The insect must find a way through those petals to get what he wants, like a man brushing his hand through the layers of a woman’s skirt.” Margot Berwin

50. “We humans think we are smart, but an orchid, for example, knows how to produce noble, symmetrical flowers, and a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Orchids make beauty for the sake of making beauty

When humans make beauty, we like to show everyone and let people know. 

When orchids make beauty, they are just being themselves.

We can learn to showcase our beauty without putting ourselves on display, just like the orchid.

What is your favorite orchid quote?

Be sure to let us know in the comments below. 

Clifton Sankofa has Master's degrees in English, Teaching, and School Leadership. He is a veteran educator and school leader. Clifton has built his career around teaching language arts, social-emotional learning, hip-hop(e), and vegan cooking. Across the country, Black and Brown communities die over preventable diseases. Clifton's aim is to help reverse this trend through cultural shifts. Using hip-hop and cultural-centered activities, he educates young people on how to reclaim their health and heritage through sustainable vegan eating, cooking practices, and literacy skills.
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