Cattleya The genus was named in 1824 by John Lindley after Sir William Cattley, usually called "the queen of flowers"
Cattleyas are a popular choice for beginners and experts. They bloom large and fragrant flowers with vibrant colors.
Cattleyas are sturdy and tolerate several temperature ranges and irregular watering.
They are widely known for their large, showy flowers, and were used extensively in hybridization for the cut-flower trade until quite recently. The typical flower has three rather narrow petals : two are fringed, and the third is the conspicuous lip with a fringed margin and various markings and specks. At the base, the fringed margins are folded into a tube. Each flower stalk originates from a pseudobulb. The number of flowers varies; it can be just one or two.
Miniature Cattleyas are also available, which are great for those with limited space.