Cattleya Orchids are native to the Americas, particularly to the tropical regions, where they thrive in high humidity and abundant light. The colour range is vast and exotic. Blooms can be 13-18 cm (5- 7”) across in white, yellow, orange, purple, pink, lavender, blue, green, and red. Some are even multicoloured. The flower has three narrow sepals, two broader side petals, and a large, tubular lip at the bottom. Cattleyas bloom in spring, fall, or winter depending on the variety. Overall the plant grows 30-45 cm (12-18”) tall. Cattleyas are epiphytic orchids. In the wild they attach themselves to trees and rocks. They have well-developed water storage organs (called pseudobulbs) and large, fleshy roots. Unifoliate Cattleyas have a single leaf growing from each pseudobulb. The flower stem bears 2-6 large flowers with showy lips. Bifoliate Cattleyas have 2 or 3 leaves that emerge from each pseudobulb. Flowers are smaller but more abundant with smallish lips and a thick, waxy texture.