Cattleya Skinneri: the national flower of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country rich in biodiversity, and the skinneri cattleya is one of its treasures. This flower is the national symbol of Costa Rica, representing the country’s beauty and vitality. The cattleya skinneri is a large, colorful flower that grows abundantly in the Atlantic Rainforest. This flower are usually dark red or purple, with curled petals and white streaks. The history of the skinneri cattleya as the national flower of Costa Rica begins in 1936, when Costa Rican governor Teodoro Picado Michalski officially declared this flower the symbol of the country.

Since then, the skinneri cattleya has been honored in many ways, including being featured on Costa Rican coins and stamps. In 2006, President Oscar Arias Sánchez inaugurated the Cattleya Skinneri Amphitheater in San José to commemorate the 70th anniversary of this flower’s establishment as a national symbol. Today the cattleya skinneri continues to be celebrated by Costa Rica. July 26 – the date of the country’s independence – which is often called “National Cattleya Skinner Day”. Many activities take place on this day to celebrate this important national symbol; among the most popular are the cattleya photography and painting exhibitions and other cultural events.

When is the best time to enjoy skinneri cattleya?

The best time to enjoy the beauty of c.s. it is during the dry season, from December to May. At this time, the skinneri cattleya is in full bloom and its intense, vivid color is particularly spectacular.


The cattleya skinneri is one of the most popular orchids in the world and its flower is the national symbol of Costa Rica. It is very rustic and can easily be grown in pots or in the ground. This guide describes how to grow cattleyas in pots. First, choose a pot that is large enough so that the plant can grow well. The skinneri cattleya doesn’t like standing water, so make sure the pot has a hole where the water can drain. Use humus-rich potting soil and add some coarse sand to aid drainage.

Water the plant regularly, but make sure the soil isn’t too wet. The c.s. it prefers a humid environment, so it’s important to mist the leaves regularly. The plant can be grown outdoors in spring and summer, but in winter it will need to be kept indoors, in a bright but not sunny place. The ideal temperature for the c.s. varies from 15 to 20 °C. Flowering occurs from May to June and the flowers are dark purple with white spots. Flowering can last about 2 weeks. After flowering, cut off the faded flowers and leave only the stems on which future inflorescences will be located. The withered flowers must be cut and thrown away, while the stems must be left because new inflorescences will form from them.


The cattleya skinneri is a species of orchid that is native to Costa Rica, and its common name is the national orchid of Costa Rica. These species was discovered in 1837 by William Swainson, an English naturalist, and later described by John Lindley in 1839. The fruit of the cattleya skinneri is a capsule that contains numerous seeds.

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