We love showing you the coolest plants and flowers in the world, and today we’re bringing you mysterious owl orchids. The cool thing about flowers and plants alike, is that some of them tend to look like other things. Monkey orchids, opal succulents, and now there are owl orchids.
This specific orchid is called a Miltoniopsis Lila Fearneyhough, and once it blooms, it has flower petals that share a striking resemblance to a beautiful pink, red, and burgundy owl.
While many paintings and artistic expressions of the orchid have been shared around the world, finding the actual orchid itself is quite rare.
Usually, if cared for properly, the blooms will last about five to six weeks, and they have one of the most prominent fragrances orchids can possess. If you love the smell of floral perfume in your home, you’ll absolutely fall head over heels for these.
The burgundy and white colours make for a stark contrast, highlighted only by the yellow “eyes” and “beak” of the owl. Can you see the face of the wise bird?
These ones look like they are taking a well-deserved nap. Something we could all likely use right now.
How to grow owl orchids
Depending on the variegation of the colours, and the genetics of the orchid themselves, you might not get a perfect owl face in your flower, but either way, they are a stunning addition to the home or garden.
Orchids have a reputation for being difficult to grow when in fact many varieties make excellent house plants. With proper care an orchid can be in bloom for months each year and can live indefinitely.
To keep your orchid alive for as long as possible, water once a week. Avoid over-watering as this can lead to root rot. Position your orchid in a bright windowsill facing east or west, depending on where you get moderate sunlight. Don’t forget to give your flowers a weekly feeding with a fertilizer designed for orchids, and repot in fresh orchid mix when your orchid stops blooming.