I knew this
was the national flower of Costa Rica (its on some of their currency)
and wanted more information...heres what I found: The "Guaria
Morada" (Cattleya skinneri), was designated the National Flower of
Costa Rica on June 15, 1939. According to Native Costa Rican traditions,
the Guaria Morada brings fortune and good luck. It brings
union and family understanding and channels the best cosmic experiences.
It evokes peace and love as well as hope for the future. Its flower does
not have a special fragrance because it is filled with dreams to be accomplished.
With that said, I think that everyone needs one of these! Theyre
great growers and bloomers. They like a dry winter rest and will bloom
from brown or green sheaths that were formed the summer before (so dont
give up on the sheath if it browns on you).