A country that is home to rich rainforests and rolling hills, Honduras is also home to the brassavola digbyana, a native orchid. This pretty orchid is the national flower of Honduras and has been in place as a revered national symbol since 1969. Prior to 1969, the country of Honduras celebrated the rose as the state flower, but it was decided by the National Congress that the rose was not a native plant to the country and should not represent it. Since that time, the rose is out and the orchid is very much in.
The State Flower of Honduras
The national flower of Honduras is a beautiful symbol of the country. When it was selected as the national flower of the country, the National Congress also set up measures to be sure that the plant would be conserved and protected, especially in the areas where the pretty orchid grows as a native species. The measures also control the commercialism of the plant as well as making sure that local schools contain instruction about the growth and care of orchids for children of the country.
A beautiful flower with white, almost translucent petals, the orchid has a star pattern of petals around a center stamen. The center or the orchid is surrounded by feathery petals that almost resemble feathers of a bird or even fur. The overall effect is one of a light, ethereal flower that is perfectly suited to this particular tropical paradise.
Growing the National Flower of Honduras
The brassavola digbyana grows naturally in Honduras and other locations in the Yucatan peninsula. The orchids need sun and plenty of air circulation to grow well. The orchid can grow well in a very well drained pot, but it is best to grow the state flower of Honduras pegged to a cork board or grown in a slatted wood or plastic basket.