Peristeria elata, also known as the Holy Ghost Orchid or the Dove Orchid, has captured the imaginations of people all over the world with its tall spikes of fragrant white flowers. The plant is the national flower of Panama and is treasured by collectors. Its popularity, though, has actually imperiled the plant in the wild: Peristeria elata has been gathered almost to the point of extinction in its natural habitat. Orchid enthusiasts have successfully cultivated the plant in nurseries, though, and specimens are now widely available to collectors. By purchasing your P. elata from a trusted grower and growing your own, you can help decrease the demand for illegally collected plants. Here’s how to do it.