Guaria Morada - the Purple Country Girl
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Guaria Morada - the Purple Country Girl
Guaria Morada - the Purple Country Girl

The "Guaria Morada" (Cattleya skinneri), an orchid, was designated the National Flower of Costa Rica on June 15, 1939. The "Guaria Morada" has always been in Costa Rican homes for centuries. The "campesinos" cherish the flower for its beauty and they associate it with the beauty of Costa Rican ladies. It has given Costa Rican people an aesthetic sense for appreciating nature and pursuing its beauty. According to Native Costa Rican traditions, the "Guaria Morada" brings fortune and good luck. It brings union and family understanding and channels the best cosmic experiences. It evokes peace and love as well as hope for the future. Its flower does not have a special fragrance because it is filled with dreams to be accomplished.

photo by Desa