The orchid is one of the largest plant families in the world, consisting of a breathtaking variety of fascinating shapes and colors. Orchids is a beautifully illustrated guide to buying, displaying, planting, and caring for these exotic plants in the home. This volume commences with an introduction to the history of the orchid, including sections on how orchids grow in the wild, orchid botany and nomenclature, and ancient myths involving orchids. Orchids also includes a Plant Catalog, an at-a-glance reference guide to over 60 orchid varieties, including the botanical description, origin, and temperature requirements of each type. Finally, the Grower's Guide contains everything readers need to know in order to cultivate and care for orchids. This section includes information on buying and selecting the best plants, specific details of propagation, and a complete guide to troubleshooting pests and diseases.