It's a Brazzle Dazzle Day. While strolling through my local Lowe's Garden section, I stumbled across a familiar face. It was Elliott, Pete's Dragon, from the 1977 Disney movie. The ears, the pink hair, the color, the big jaw. He has an actual mouth, nostrils, and eyes. I was kind of shocked. It looked like Elliott, in flower form.
As it turns out, the Pete's Dragon flower is a Paphiopedilum, which is also called a slipper orchid. I'm guessing a lot of gardeners and botanists are not as interested in animation like me, so they failed to notice how much this orchid looks like a Seventies Disney dragon.
While it may seem bizarre that there's a flower that looks like Elliott the dragon, it really isn't that outlandish. Orchids that look like animals is something that is very much a thing. Orchids have been known to look like monkeys, lions, ducks, egrets, and donkeys.
I ended up getting two Pete's Dragon orchids at Lowe's. I couldn't resist.