Which Orchid Are You?

The orchids of North America have evolved an amazing number of ways to survive, and some weird personality quirks to go with them. From social butterflies to ethereal hermits, which one comes closer to you?

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Created by Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
On Aug 11, 2015

Which would you rather be known as?

Socially, which describes you better?

Where would you rather live?

Do you work better in a group or own your own?

Do you believe in soulmates?

Give the choice, would you rather have:

If the group you're working with disagrees with you, how do you typically respond?

Where do your deepest loyalties lie?

What is your life motto?

Would you rather:

Greater Purple Fringed Orchid

Greater Purple Fringed Orchid

You're a Greater Purple Fringed Orchid. Fragrant and showy, the purple fringed orchid attracts large butterflies and moths to its petals and gives them a sweet reward of nectar for their time. You'll find it mainly in swamps and moist forests along the eastern U.S. Like the Purple Fringed Orchid, you're beautiful outside and in. You're honest, warm and welcoming to just about everyone you meet. While others may initially be drawn to your captivating appearance, they stay because of your sincerity and open heart.

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Learn more about your orchid here: http://goorchids.northamericanorchidcenter.org/species/platanthera/grandiflora/

Three Birds Orchid

Three Birds Orchid

You're a Three Birds Orchid. Rare and difficult to spot, the flowers of the Three Birds Orchid last only a short time. In late summer, every flower in an area blossoms in a beautiful display that lasts only a few days at most. It's thought putting on a big show helps attract more insects to pollinate them. Like the Three Birds, you're a team player who values friends and family, and you live every moment to its fullest. Life is short and you only live once; make the most of whatever time you have!

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Learn more about your orchid here: http://goorchids.northamericanorchidcenter.org/species/triphora/trianthophora/

Queen's Lady Slipper

Queen's Lady Slipper

You're a Queen's Lady's Slipper. Beautiful and cunning, the Lady's Slipper uses its scent and appearance to draw in insects. She slips pollen onto them by forcing them through a clever maze, but offers no nectar as a reward for their efforts. Queen's Lady's Slippers can remain underground for 16 years before producing single flower, but once they do, they're stunning. Like the Queen's Lady's Slipper, you're smart and somewhat devious (but always for a good cause!). You're also patient, and you don't mind taking your time to be amazing.

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Learn more about your orchid here: http://goorchids.northamericanorchidcenter.org/species/cypripedium/reginae/

Ghost Orchid

Ghost Orchid

You're a Ghost Orchid. One of the most elusive and sought-after orchids in the U.S., the endangered ghost orchid haunts the swamps of Florida, the only place it's found in the U.S. It's leafless, giving it a ghostly, other-worldly beauty as it hangs from the trees it calls home. It also has only a single pollinator: the Giant Sphinx Moth, which it attracts with a fragrance emitted only at night. Like the ghost orchid, you're a solitary soul. You hold to your convictions, and are a loyal partner. Quiet and contemplative, you believe nature will take care of you as long as you do no harm. But despite your preference for solitude, your ethereal beauty causes others to seek you all the more fervently.

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Learn more about your orchid here: http://goorchids.northamericanorchidcenter.org/species/dendrophylax/lindenii/