Orchids have been symbolic of many things in the past, but currently they represent rare and delicate beauty. There are 25,000 types of orchid estimated to exist today.
Orchids convey a variety of messages. They are a classical symbol of fertility in feng shui. The Chinese also viewed them as a symbol of the quest for perfection since they were beautiful and symmetric. Ancient Greeks used orchids as a symbol of virility. In Victorian England they represented wealth and power. The vanilla orchid is the primary source for vanilla flavoring. Aztecs drank chocolate and the vanilla orchid to give them strength. The moth, cymbidium and dendrobium orchids are the most popular varieties.