The Cymbidium is part of the orchid family, a genus of plants with 8,000 varieties.
Contrary to what one might expect, the Cymbidium is a plant which is not grown under truly tropical conditions. The Cymbidium’s origins are at the foot of the Himalayas, on the southern slopes of the mountain range at a height of 1500 to 3000 metres. This means that the plant is naturally accustomed to challenging living conditions. A lot of light, cold nights, a rocky soil with few nutrients. There is often not enough water and not enough food. The Cymbidium is a ‘survivor’.
The name Cymbidium comes from the Greek word ‘kymbos’, which means ‘boat’. It refers to the flower’s bow-shaped arched lip.
The botanic ancestors of the Cascade Cymbidium, cultivate originally grew on dead trees and rock faces in various regions of Taiwan, Vietnam and China at an elevation of 1500 to 2200 m.
As such, the plants had no need to develop any flowers that emerged above the plants, and the flowers ended up hanging downwards. This gave us a fantastic opportunity to grow Cymbidium plants which can be beautifully presented in a high vase.